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Adding cooked or dried beans directly into slow cooker recipe?

ellecue Nov 26, 2010 09:05 PM

I've gone on a bean kick recently and have been making them in the rice cooker. However, I'm wondering a few things about how my bean usage would work with my Crockpot (my residence doesn't have burners):
- can you add dried beans directly into a recipe for the slow cooker, eg chili? It seems to me like the beans should cook through that, provided there's enough liquid.
- conversely, will cooked beans become too soft if I put them in the slow cooker?
- as a side note, does anyone know any good slow cooker bean recipes that aren't stews, chilis or baked/refried beans?


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  1. sunshine842 RE: ellecue Nov 26, 2010 10:16 PM

    Yes, you can put dried beans directly in your crockpot. However -- you'll find they cook down MUCH faster and to a much nicer texture if you soak them overnight first. (cover with water in a big bowl and let sit 6-8 hours)

    Most beans (red, kidney, calico, etc) would have to be cooked forever to get too soft. Softer beans (lentils, split peas) will go to mush after a day in the slow cooker.

    I'm not sure what other dish is out there that isn't a stew, chili, or refried beans.

    Maybe you mean something like petit sale - lentils, leeks, and carrots slow cooked with a smoked ham hock -- very French, but very much a stew-type dish.

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      serious RE: ellecue Nov 27, 2010 01:00 AM

      I've 'read' that soaking beans, in addition to the reasons given by previous response, rids the beans of indigestible sugars in the skin, perhaps the reason that soaking beans (and discarding the water) reduces bloating.

      1. Naguere RE: ellecue Nov 27, 2010 02:15 AM

        Warning: Kidney beans, butter beans, and cannellini beans must be boiled at a high temperature for ten minutes to remove a toxin that can cause illness.

        See the whole thing, hope this helps:

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          Val RE: ellecue Nov 27, 2010 02:50 AM

          How about crockpot falafel? I have not tried this yet but someone on our CH board has and they said it was amazing...yeah, it's in my "to try" pile, gotta do it SOON as I love falafel but hate frying:

          1. Gio RE: ellecue Nov 27, 2010 04:03 AM

            I make pinto beans in the crockpot all the time. First rinse the beans then put into the crockpot insert and cover with water. Soak over night in the fridge. In the morning, drain beans then start your recipe in the crockpot as usual. Here are some recipes:


            and my favorite:

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