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having used my dried beans as pie weights, can I still cook them?

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Bob Loblaw Apr 8, 2012 07:10 AM

Hi All -
The thread title says it all, or most of it, anyway.
I used some red beans as pie weights yesterday. 30 mins @350.
Hoping on still cooking them. They seem so solid that I was optimistic about just soaking them and cookign them, but they're not looking so hot as they soak. (I did let them cool first).

I suspect that, at most, this will be a texture issue, but wanted to find out if anyone here had any experience with this.
Thanks,
-Charles

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    Rella RE: Bob Loblaw Apr 8, 2012 07:19 AM

    Hmm. I'm wondering if you will never make pie again? I just put mine in a jar, ready for the next pie.

    I realize that this doesn't answer your question about cooking them, but ... sorry.

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      Omeghan RE: Bob Loblaw Apr 8, 2012 07:36 AM

      no you really shouldnt
      save them in a zip lock or a jar and keep them for your next blind baking.

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        todao RE: Omeghan Apr 8, 2012 07:47 AM

        I agree with Omeghan. Although there's no reason why you couldn't cook them, the end result would be iffy and the savings minimal. As previously noted, keep 'em for future pie weights and cook up some fresh beans.

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          hotoynoodle RE: todao Apr 8, 2012 08:40 AM

          + 2 on just keeping them as pie weights. beans cost pennies for a serving. not worth it. they won't kill you, lol, but they won't cook up properly.

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            Bob Loblaw RE: todao Apr 8, 2012 08:58 AM

            They've already been soaking for a while, so that ship has sailed.
            It's very rare that I bake a pie, and this the only time I can ever remember blind baking a crust. So I wasn't planning on saving them to reuse them (I know they're cheap, but space in our kitchen isn't).

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              greygarious RE: Bob Loblaw Apr 8, 2012 12:33 PM

              Yes you can. I had a glass jar of dried white beans in my cupboard for at least a decade. I used them as pie weights only a couple of times. Once I bought pie weights (on sale)
              I thought I had nothing to lose by soaking and cooking these ancient beans. My frugality bona fides would have been besmirched by discarding them. They took a very long time to soften, and had a rather cardboard taste, but I put them into soup to mask that, and it was fine.

        2. chefj RE: Bob Loblaw Apr 8, 2012 11:44 AM

          Here are a couple of earlier threads on just this subject
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/797165
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731551

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            sueatmo RE: Bob Loblaw Apr 8, 2012 05:59 PM

            No. Use them for pie weights forever. Beans are cheap. You can buy more at the grocer.

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              Bob Loblaw RE: Bob Loblaw Apr 10, 2012 01:27 PM

              Reporting back:
              Beans were fine. Not great, but fine. I had used around 2/3 as pie weights, and couldn't tell the difference in the final product. Did take a long time to cook.

              The pie crust? enh. Certainly edible, but a bit hard. I'm not blaming the beans, though.

              -Charles

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