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Jan 28, 2012 08:48 AM

didn't wash the beans...

I soaked 2 cups of Bob's Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix last night, but i skipped the "wash the beans" step (don't ask).

So they soaked and plumped overnight. I rinsed them well this morning, added them to a pot with a ham hock and 2 1/2 quarts of clean cold water, brought to boil and now they are simmering.

I skimmed the scum that came from the initial boil, but the broth now is decidedly grey looking. They have been simmering for 45 minutes.

Is this pot of beans garbage?


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  1. Soaking and draining IS washing. So is rinsing. No fear. Besides that you're going to cook them Rest easy.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Plano Rose

      thank you! just tasted them, they're good.

      1. re: sukisooo

        the broth from mixed beans often looks funky. not to worry.

        1. re: magiesmom

          right, the broth can look like dirty dishwater. ;-(.

    2. Heck, I don't rinse them half the time,not because I forget but because I don't really see the point and plus I'm too lazy.
      I haven't died yet and I've been not rinsing for many years.

      1. washing beans? they spend hours in boiling water. don't fret.

        never washed a bean in my life.

        1. yes. yes, it is garbage. please send to my house for proper disposal.

          ok, not really. it is fine. I agree that you did wash them and it is not a big deal if you didn't.

          1. The gray is probably coming from the skins of one or more of the beans. I bet the beans, even the brightly colored ones, are turning a uniform color. Bean mixes like this look pretty in the package, but not so pretty when cooked.