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Oct 29, 2012 06:30 AM

Neophyte Black Bean Question

I'm making the Abuelo Pelaez's Frijoles Negros recipe from the NYT. I soaked the beans overnight, but did not rinse them first, as instructed. Should I throw out the water the beans have been soaking in to rinse them or is this water important to the flavor of the beans? The recipe calls for adding some ingredients to the water and begin to cook.....

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  1. So you've soaked but haven't yet boiled? I'd dump and replace the water, making sure beans are rinsed. If you'd already boiled the beans, I might make a different call because I do think the water they are cooked in has lots of good flavor.

    1. +1 on this. the soak is more or less to aid the cook time as well as reduce potential gastric issues from those who eat them. switching the water really helps with the latter. :)

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Beans have not been cooked. Sounds like the best course of action would be to change the water and proceed.

        1. re: hungry100

          beans are very forgiving. :) yes, just proceed.

      2. I cook a lot of various dry beans. After a soak (or par-boil) I always toss the water, and start with fresh water/stock etc to cook. ~~~ Toss and you are good to go!


        1. First check for stones/clay before putting your beans in a vessel to soak. It is not uncommon to find one or two.

          Beans can be very dirty so I usually do several vigorous swish and rinses before soaking then dump the soaking liquid.