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Feb 19, 2012 06:19 PM

I rinse off my canned beans

I always find myself rinsing my canned beans. I rarely eat canned products. But sometimes I like the convenience of the beans. I have some T.Joes white kidney beans that I will stir into some sauteed onion and a small amount of pancetta. I don't use the canning liquid ever. Should I use it ?

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  1. I rinse canned beans, too.

    1. Usually, the liquid contains sugar. Get rid of it.

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      1. re: GH1618

        i have never purchased, nor seen, canned beans that include sugar as an ingredient.

        i rinse them too because the liquid tastes nasty and is super high-sodium. the only canned beans i could tolerate are garbanzos anyway. others were too mushy.

        you can make big batches of beans and portion and freeze them, btw. they freeze very well.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          NOT added sugar.
          "Drain and rinse canned beans. That will get rid of some of the gas-causing raffinose sugars (and almost half of the unwanted sodium)."

          one can google "raffinose sugar" and learn more about it.

          1. re: wyogal

            that's the same reason not to use the soaking liquid for the cooking liquid. not what was said by gh1618 though.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Not sure what you are reading. You seemed to dispute the sugar comment. The liquid in canned beans contains sodium and sugars, which can be discarded by draining and rinsing. So yes, "Usually, the liquid contains sugar. Get rid of it."

        2. re: GH1618

          I think you are referring to the canned beans like 'pork and beans and honey beans etc.
          For sure they contain some sort of sweeteners.
          Other canned beans are not 'flavored'. I always rinse them well before using.
          Whatever the
          'gloop' is in these canned beans looks nasty......especially canned kidney beans.

          1. re: Puffin3

            Actually, it was just a mistake.

        3. it is gross, you're doing the right thing by rinsing them.

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          1. re: thimes

            It's always gross to me. Even if used in a soup.

          2. The liquid just seems slimey and icky to me. I don't like using canned beans much anyway, but when I do I put the beans in a strainer and run water over them and rinse very well.

            1. i do also. that liquid is usually really sodium-heavy. yuck!