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    Default Recipes using dried beans?

    I have alot of different dried beans and was wondering if anyone had any cheap and easy recipes since I need to use them. Also I am having difficulty with getting the dried beans to soften. Any suggestions? Is there a time limit on dried beans? I am wondering if I should just throw them out. I have Great Northern, Pinto, Black, etc. ???? thanks!

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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    I think I posted the recipe for Cajun Red Beans & Rice in the recipe thread somewhere

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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    How old is too old for beans????

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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    If dried beans are more than a year old, they can take a long, long time to cook. Better to just toss them and get a new batch.

    Are you soaking the beans before using them? That will cut down on the cooking time. You can soak them in cold water overnight or do a quick soak by bringing them to a boil and letting the pot sit, covered, for an hour.

    Cookbooks say you shouldn't add tomatoes or salt to beans until they are fully cooked, but I do it all the time and have never had any problems.

    You don't need to soak split peas or lentils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aabbcc
    If dried beans are more than a year old, they can take a long, long time to cook. Better to just toss them and get a new batch.

    Are you soaking the beans before using them? That will cut down on the cooking time. You can soak them in cold water overnight or do a quick soak by bringing them to a boil and letting the pot sit, covered, for an hour.

    Cookbooks say you shouldn't add tomatoes or salt to beans until they are fully cooked, but I do it all the time and have never had any problems. I think I will give them one more try.( I just threw out a whole pot full of beans as they were basically inedible. I thought dried beans could..well..last and store practically forever.

    You don't need to soak split peas or lentils.
    I have been soaking them...but they are VERY old. I am wondering if I should just throw them out. I am too embarrassed to admit to how old they are. I have been soaking them forever and they still are not softening right. I just don't want to throw them away since I have tons of them.

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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    I soaked some beans in water for about 2 days thinking it will soften them good but they started growing sprouts!

    So I say soaking them max of one day!

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    It was probably for the best that the beans I tried to cook were inedible..even after prolonged soaking. I was just thinking about it and I think they are from...1997. Shit they are nearly a decade old!~ *they still look the same..like they always have*?

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    You really should soak beans overnight, if for nothing else to remove some of the carbohydrates that cause gas. Rinse them and then cook them in fresh water. Your digestive system and co-workers will thank you.


    Sojita, you should probably throw 9 year old beans out and start over. It's really best to use them within a year. Sorry.
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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent
    You really should soak beans overnight, if for nothing else to remove some of the carbohydrates that cause gas. Rinse them and then cook them in fresh water. Your digestive system and co-workers will thank you.


    Sojita, you should probably throw 9 year old beans out and start over. It's really best to use them within a year. Sorry.
    well they are in large decorative jars..so I will just get more and leave these to just sit there and look good and have no other function whatsoever.

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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    I soak the beans over night and then usually cook them with sausage or ham, salt, pepper, celery, onions and garlic. You can't go too wrong with those basics.

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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    Success! I used the nearly ten year old beans(some of them) and made a GREAT soup! Almost done now. Whatever I did wrong last time I did not repeat the mistake.

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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    10 years old?!?!?!

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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    Yes they were ten years old ..or nine years old(from 1997)..but they were expensive(some specialty ones) and were in ornamental glass containers. They were dried and sealed so I think they were ok. Taste good anyway. Anything that could have been wrong with them was killed from my boiling them for hours...I hope.

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    Default Re: Recipes using dried beans?

    ^^My gran says that's nothing. Beans can be stored for up to 10 yrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darksithbunny
    ^^My gran says that's nothing. Beans can be stored for up to 10 yrs.
    I am glad to hear that!

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