Beans are delicious, versatile, and nutritious. They also take a while to cook, which requires you to spend lots of valuable cooking gas and your own time. Here are some helpful ideas on how to cook beans fast to save both gas and time.
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1. Overnight soak
The most traditional way to lower the cooking time of dried beans is to use the overnight soak method. This method works great when you plan your meals and know for sure today that you will be cooking beans tomorrow. It needs at least 8 hours to work, so it’s best done overnight if you want to cook dinner or early in the morning if you want to serve beans for supper.
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For every cup of beans, you will need 5 cups of fresh cold water. Simply take a large bowl, put in the beans, pour the cold water, cover the bowl and leave it on the table for the beans to soak. In the morning, rinse the beans with fresh water and cook as usual.
2. Hot soak
If you don’t have 8 hours to wait for the beans to soak with the traditional method and only have about 4 hours until the cooking process is scheduled to start, you can try the hot soak method. For this method, you will once again need 5 cups of water for each cup of dried beans.
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Put your beans and the corresponding amount of water into a large pot. Put the pot on the stove and turn on the heat. Bring the liquid up to a boil and leave to cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let the beans soak in hot water for 4 hours. Rinse and cook as usual.
3. Quick soak
An even quicker method of soaking the beans before cooking is called the quick soak. If you only have approximately one hour before you need to start cooking the beans, you can make them noticeably more tender and cook them faster with this method.
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Start by following the hot soak method: put the beans with water in a pot, turn on the heat, bring to the boil and cook for up to 3 minutes. Cover the pot, but instead of leaving the beans soaking for 4 hours, you can rinse them after 1 hour of soaking. After a quick soak, the beans may take longer to cook, but in the end, you will still save both time and gas.
4. No soak
Even experienced home cooks will probably be surprised to learn that there is a way to cook beans in about 2 hours without any soaking at all. This method is compatible with all kinds of dried beans, but it is particularly effective with smaller beans since they take less time to cook.
To try the no soak method, take a heavy pot with a thick bottom and sides. Put your freshly washed beans and cover with water, so that the water is about 5cm higher than the beans. Cover the pot with a lid and bring the water to a boil. As soon as the beans start boiling, remove the pot from the heat and let the beans sit for up to 1 hour.
After 1 hour, stir in the salt (1 1/2 tsp per 500 grams of beans), bring to the boil while covered, and cook uncovered on medium heat for another hour. The beans should be submerged at every stage of the cooking process, so check and top off the water whenever necessary. Your beans are done!
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