How to Soak and Prepare Dried Beans

As I continue on my path to eat less processed food, beans of all varieties have become a staple in my diet, and with that the need to find the best technique of preparing them. Usually my M.O. is to take the fastest route in meal preparation, so this has been an exercise in patience for me. There are quicker ways, and I have tried them, but the results are not the same. While researching this "test kitchen" experiment I came across the US Dry Bean Council's  website. Everything you ever wanted to know about beans and then some, but if you like to see the step by step in photos...look no further!

I like to swish the beans around in cold water and rinse several times before soaking
Fill the bowl with cold water
Soak overnight
it's easy to pick out the cruddy looking white beans, but with all beans you should closely inspect them
I just liked that you can see a reflection of the trees in this shot
After they have soaked over night you can see the little bubbles from the gasses escaping, and the water is a little cloudy
How to say this tactfully-soaked beans=less gas after eating
Nice and Plump
Rinse and then boil until tender- I like to boil in vegetable broth and a tiny pinch of salt, too much salt can toughen the beans

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