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Cooking Dried Beans in Rice Cooker?

arielleeve Nov 10, 2013 05:00 PM

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. Tripeler RE: arielleeve Nov 10, 2013 05:04 PM

    Gosh, give it a try.

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      magiesmom RE: arielleeve Nov 10, 2013 05:32 PM

      That's what I do

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        arielleeve RE: magiesmom Nov 10, 2013 05:37 PM

        What setting?

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          jaykayen RE: arielleeve Nov 10, 2013 05:40 PM

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

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            arielleeve RE: jaykayen Nov 10, 2013 05:45 PM

            Yes I have both settings.

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              magiesmom RE: arielleeve Nov 10, 2013 06:01 PM

              I have both too. I use porridge.

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                arielleeve RE: magiesmom Nov 10, 2013 06:58 PM

                How much water per pound of beans?

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                  magiesmom RE: arielleeve Nov 10, 2013 07:33 PM

                  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

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                    arielleeve RE: magiesmom Nov 10, 2013 07:51 PM

                    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...

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                      magiesmom RE: arielleeve Nov 10, 2013 07:59 PM

                      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.

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                        Dartag RE: arielleeve Jan 30, 2014 09:32 AM

                        sooooooo...how'd it go?

        2. c oliver RE: arielleeve Nov 10, 2013 08:40 PM

          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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            magiesmom RE: c oliver Nov 11, 2013 03:24 AM

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

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              arielleeve RE: c oliver Nov 11, 2013 04:29 AM

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

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                c oliver RE: arielleeve Nov 11, 2013 08:01 AM

                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.

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                  arielleeve RE: c oliver Nov 11, 2013 08:04 AM

                  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!

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                    lemons RE: c oliver Nov 11, 2013 08:44 AM

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

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                      nat8199 RE: c oliver Jan 30, 2014 02:01 PM

                      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.

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