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soaked beans -- how long can I keep them?

lafarrell Mar 24, 2011 04:16 AM

I soaked a pound of cannelloni beans last night and now I don't want to use them for at least a few days. How long will they keep and how should I keep them? Should I leave them soaking in water? Many thanks.

  1. dave_c Mar 24, 2011 08:37 AM

    Yes, you can leave them soaking in water for a few days in the fridge.
    I'd rinse and change the water every couple days.

    Another alternative, I don't know if it would work.. is to soak them in room temp and sprout. Supposedly, you get more nutrients from sprouted beans. I've never tried cannelloni beans.

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      magiesmom Mar 24, 2011 06:27 AM

      just cook them and then keep in fridge or freeze. Although you can freeze soaked uncooked beans, I think it gives them a weird texture.

      1. Woodfireguy Mar 24, 2011 05:16 AM

        I soak them overnight in salt water and then cook them. The salt changed my bean-world. I can’t stop eating them, in everything. I store them in a covered bowl with out the water for a few days.

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        1. re: Woodfireguy
          alkapal Mar 24, 2011 05:24 AM

          you refrigerate them after they're cooked, right?

          1. re: Woodfireguy
            lafarrell Mar 24, 2011 06:26 AM

            Thanks so much. I will try salt water next time! BTW, what change did you notice with the addition of salt to the soaking water?

            1. re: lafarrell
              Woodfireguy Mar 24, 2011 07:15 AM

              It keeps them from splitting open in the cooking process. It also tenderizes the skin and adds just the right amount of salt for my taste. Try it out. I do keep them in the fridge alkapal

              1. re: Woodfireguy
                alkapal Mar 24, 2011 07:27 AM

                yes, i'm a new convert to salting the soaking water (which i drained). the beans were cooked in a slow cooker, and didn't split. i added some creole seasoning & bacon while they cooked, but i think the salted soak water helped the salt more thoroughly permeate the bean. maybe i'm deluding myself, but i'll do it from now on....

                1. re: alkapal
                  Woodfireguy Mar 24, 2011 07:33 AM

                  Good deal. Aren’t beans wonderful when done right?

                  1. re: Woodfireguy
                    alkapal Mar 24, 2011 07:45 AM

                    as i said on another bean thread, they are delicious, healthful and economical. i must also add that they're very versatile -- from salads to soups to dips, etc.

                    1. re: alkapal
                      Woodfireguy Mar 24, 2011 08:03 AM

                      I concur beanie-boy or girl

          2. alkapal Mar 24, 2011 04:58 AM

            don't leave them soaking. they'll start rotting. i'd just cook them, and put them in the fridge till you want to use them, but it depends on what you're making.

            some threads talked about freezing the soaked beans,,,,,

            here's a google search result: http://www.google.com/search?client=s...

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