Do you have to boil WHITE kidney beans for 10 minutes?

I am soaking dry white kidney beans to cook in my slow cooker. I know red kidney beans have to be boiled for ten minutes to get rid of the toxins. Is the same true of white kidney beans?

  • Posted by: Paula
  • June 19, 2020


Lori T. June 19, 2020
Many dried beans contain the chemical which can make you ill if you eat them raw and uncooked. It's just a higher concentration in the red kidney beans than in the others. To be safest, it's best to boil all soaked dry beans for the first 10 minutes to be sure it's neutralized. The content of a cannellini bean is supposed to be about 1/3 less than the red sort- but if you ate them raw or undercooked, I suppose it could still make you feel ill. I've always simply boiled my soaked beans the first 10 minutes and then turned down the heat- though I don't worry about it if I cook them in the oven or pressure cooker and I've never had any problems. If you do it when you start cooking, it won't hurt the beans any or make them mushy- and it will give you peace of mind.
Paula June 19, 2020
Thank you, Lori, for your quick reply. I have my beans soaking and will give them a ten-minute boil tomorrow morning before finishing them off in my slow cooker. I appreciate the advice.
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