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Mar 24, 2011 04:16 AM

soaked beans -- how long can I keep them?

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.

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  1. 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:

    1. 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

        you refrigerate them after they're cooked, right?

        1. re: Woodfireguy

          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

            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

              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

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

                1. re: Woodfireguy

                  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.

        2. 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. 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.

            1. Do you store them in water or drained in a jar?