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Mar 25, 2011 04:42 AM

Overcooked beans

I recently decided to try to switch from canned beans to dried beans. I soaked a pound of cannelloni beans overnight in cold water and then cooked them in the crock pot during the day. I must have had them in there on slow for about 10 hours. Too long, I know. But they really fell apart. My first question is: can I save these beans for anything or do I have to just toss them? Second, are beans very unforgiving when you cook them? Do you have to pay close attention as you would with pasta? Thank you.

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      1. Dips & spreads. Consider that hummus is just one variety of bean dip. Many directions you can go.

        1. Soup is a great idea.

          I use cannelini beans in a sort of hummus-ish spread. Garlic, lemon, rosemary, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper go in with the beans in the food processor, and then a bit of olive oil. It's FAB on crusty bread or as a dip for crudites.

          If it's convenient to put them in the crockpot for ten hours, give some thought to not soaking them and just doubling up on the water. Well-soaked, though, they really only need an hour or a bit more on the stove unless they're REALLY old and dry. You might try soaking them during the day while you're at work or whatever and then cooking them when you get home. Good luck!

          1. I did the same thing with red beans not too long ago, and got some great responses from the Hounders. Do a search for "overcooked beans" and you'll find my original post. I found that they came out really great in enchilladas, and burritos would work as well.