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Old 10-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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How long to cook red beans?

I have already soaked a bag of dried red beans overnight. How long will I need to cook them? (The bag just says to cook until tender. D'uh, but how many hours will that take?) I like them very soft and creamy. Thanks!
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #2
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It should take you 2-3 hours. Let me know if you have any more questions and I'll be happy to help you.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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I like to soak them and then throw them in the crockpot with a diced onion and some spices on low for about 6 hours.
This way I don't need to be home for 2-3 hours straight.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:30 PM   #4
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I just cooked a bag today and mine only took an hour or so after soaking, but I didn't make them creamy soft just soft enough to throw in the chili pot.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:34 PM   #5
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If this is something you plan on doing often, invest in a pressure cooker. It takes 8 minutes for beans like kidney, pinto, and garbanzo, and 4 minutes for smaller beans.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:34 PM   #6
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Soaked beans should only take 1-1.5 hours to cook at a low simmer, covered.
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If this is something you plan on doing often, invest in a pressure cooker. It takes 8 minutes for beans like kidney, pinto, and garbanzo, and 4 minutes for smaller beans.
I really need to learn how to use my grandmother's old pressure cooker. She used to use it a lot growing up, but now my aunt just lets it sit in the pantry.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:56 PM   #8
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Soaked beans should only take 1-1.5 hours to cook at a low simmer, covered.
Well, I'm from New Orleans and we tend to prefer them creamy vs. whole beans. That may be why you don't cook yours as long. I go as far as mashing mine with a potato masher. To each his own, though.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:24 PM   #9
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Well, I'm from New Orleans and we tend to prefer them creamy vs. whole beans. That may be why you don't cook yours as long. I go as far as mashing mine with a potato masher. To each his own, though.
Me too. I'm not from New Orleans, but I grew up on the Mississippi/Alabama Gulf Coast so i have eaten plenty of red beans & rice, gumbo, jambalya,etc. I vote for cooking red beans at a low simmer for 2-3 hours. Personally, I perfer to cook 'em in my crockpot--toss in some onion, green pepper, garlic, bay leaf, salt, red pepper flakes, a tidge of cayenne to taste and let 'er rip for about 6-7 hours. So good you'll smack your grandma
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:29 PM   #10
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After you soak them over night, do you use the same water when you put them in the crock pot? Or do you drain and add fresh water? How much water to add in the crock pot.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:38 PM   #11
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Do NOT use the same water-the joke goes all the gas in the beans is in that water

I ccok mine for 3-4 hours with ham hocks and smoked sausage
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:53 PM   #12
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Pour out the water RINSE the beans and add fresh water! You all are making me want to cook our favorite beans dried white limas. We soak those too. Add and onion, salt, pepper, fat back or raw bacon and tabasco. Bring to boil then simmer at least two hours. Actually the second day are when the beans are the best.
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