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Feb 22, 2008 04:13 PM

Soaking Red Beans - they seemed to split open, is that okay?

I know that there are numerous posts about soaking beans. I looked there but didn't find my answer. My question is not whether or not to soak beans, I already chose to soak them. They've been soaking for about 3 hours now and most of the beans have opened up. Is that normal? I'm making red beans and rice. Is it going to ruin the recipe? Should I start over? Please help!

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  1. I don't cook with red beans frequently, but when I do I don't pre-soak, as they seem to cook faster than other beans (pinto, cranberry, black, etc.). I wouldn't be concerned with the bean splitting, as long as it's along the natural "split". This is an indication that the beans are soaking up water, which will actually help them cook faster - so watch them closely to ensure they don't overcook! Again, I don't have much experience with red beans, so if anyone else out there wants to offer their two cents...