I have never had any luck cooking beans without soaking them. Lentils are ok with a good rinse and maybe a quick soak. Maybe it depends how fresh the beans are, just occasionally I've had beans that just wont soften at all!(soy beans!)
a Tablespoon of honey, hmm I never would have thought of that. Thanks I see how it would give some depth to the beans. I'm learning how to cook one day at a time, kind a wished I started this lifelong lesson 40 years ago.
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If I cook in crock pot, I donot soak, on stove, I soak the night before. Basically, all of my beans recipes use onion, garlic, olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt, bay leaves. Optional liquid smoke, and in pinot beans, 1 tbs of honey, it gives a hardy flavor and not sweet.
The gas-causing issue with beans is oligosaccharides, which we find difficult to digest. There are bacteria in the lower intestine, however, that are able to feed on this kind of carbohydrate and produce gases such as methane. Soaking does in fact help to leech oligosaccarides from the beans; discarding soaking water ensures you consume less of them. Soaking does generally equate to less gas though of course this varies with individuals. That said, these oligosaccaride-eating bacteria are considered 'good' bacteria. Keeping them well fed also works to suppress counts of harmful bacteria. In short, beans are good for gastrointestinal health.
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Here's another bean-type recipe that my family loves.
1 1-lb bag of split peas 1-3 sliced carrot (depending on the size – I use at least 3 large) 2-4 stalks of celery – chopped 1 med-lg Onion – diced 2 lg turnips – diced – optional 48 oz. broth (I use homemade veg broth - the original recipe calls for chicken broth) 4 c. Water 2 Tsp each: Basil, garlic, salt (I omit), pepper
Sauté onion and celery to slightly soften, add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and cook until the split peas fall apart. This can also be cooked 8-10 hours on low in a crock pot (but I’ve never done it).
p.s. To soak or not to soak??? I soak most beans, but I only rinse and soak split peas and lentils for a couple of hours.
Beans do not need to be soaked if you cook them long enough and in enough water. I personally would not cook them before soaking over night or the quick soak method because I want to throw away the soaking water. If you get rid of the soaking water you also get rid of most of the liquid that gives you gas.
I don't need any more gas than absolutely necessary.
I rinse my beans, but don't soak them. I put in a liner in my crockpot, so clean up is so easy with those. They are made for the crockpot. I put in garlic, jalapinos (sp), onion, some Better than Bouillon (vegetable)and spices.
Mike i just wash my dry beans and put in the crockpot with heaps of veggies and very little water as while they slowly cook the veggies they make water so it works well, any beans or lentils are good and thats the only way i cook them.
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