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Cooking Dried Beans in Rice Cooker?

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I've done a little bit of internet research, but wanted the thoughts of people on Chowhound regarding whether this would work, and if so, how. I have a Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic, and I'm interested in seeing if I could cook dried black beans in it. I would soak tonight, and turn on tomorrow morning to cook during the day (would probably use the timer). Advice?

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  1. Gosh, give it a try.

    1. That's what I do

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      1. re: magiesmom

        What setting?

        1. re: arielleeve

          Do you have a brown rice setting? Actually, I think maybe use the porridge setting.

          1. re: jaykayen

            Yes I have both settings.

            1. re: arielleeve

              I have both too. I use porridge.

              1. re: magiesmom

                How much water per pound of beans?

                1. re: arielleeve

                  I cover them by two inches for the overnight soaking. Despite many people's practice I do not drain after soaking but add more water so they are again covered by two inches.
                  I check them after an hour; if they are pretty soft i salt them generously. If not I check again in 30 minutes. Beans will not take salt effectively after they are fully cooked.

                  I almost exclusively use rancho Gordo beans because they are always fresh

                  1. re: magiesmom

                    My rice cooker is a 5.5 cup. How many beans do you think it can handle? Right now I have a pound soaking, but I'm guessing that will be too big for the rice cooker...

                    1. re: arielleeve

                      I could do a pound in mine but perhaps it is bigger.

                      I can only suggest pouring them in and seeing if there is room. You definitely want some space for expansion.
                      Sorry to be so vague.
                      I would go check my cooker but it died recently and I am awaiting Chanukah.

                      1. re: arielleeve

                        sooooooo...how'd it go?

        2. I'm curious why you want to do this. I soak overnight or you could do it during the day. Then cook for an hour plus til done. It's so easy.

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          1. re: c oliver

            I like the constant temp the cooker keeps, I can go out , just convenient.

            1. re: c oliver

              Wanted to try something that would have the beans done when I got home from work.

              1. re: arielleeve

                I think you could cook them in a slow cooker, unsure how the rice cooker would work. And my personal opinion is that, at least with the SC, is that they're going to be over cooked.

                I'd think if you start the beans as soon as you get home, by the time you change clothes, prep for dinner, pour a glass of wine, cook the rest of the meal, the beans will be done. One thing I always do is make way more than I need and freeze.

                1. re: c oliver

                  I usually make a pound at a time (stovetop) and freeze, too. Just don't have any left in the freezer right now. I don't have a slow cooker (and no room for one, sadly), otherwise I would definitely try that. I only put half of the soaked beans in the rice cooker this morning, so if it doesn't work, I'll have the other half to cook stovetop. Will update you tonight on how it all works!

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Wonderful results from a slow cooker. My rice cooker is so thin-walled (v. cheap, yes) that I wouldn't try it.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      I make my beans in the slow cooker all the time. No pre-soaking. Just beans and water at a 1:2 ratio for three hours on high. Perfect.