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Chili didn't go so well

February 3rd, 2005 at 06:55 am

I soaked beans for the first time the night before last for the chili I made last night. They weren't hard enough, and pretty much ruined all of the chili. I don't know what I did wrong. I used the maximum amount of water the instructions said and even let them soak overnight. The instructions said to soak 6-8 hours or overnight so it was even the max for time!
Maybe they were supposed to continue soaking all day. I drained and rinsed them in the morning.
Does anyone know if beans are supposed to soak for nearly 24 hours? Thanks!

Since I was hungry from my failed dinner, I made blondies for dessert. I hadn't planned on it - but we needed something to perk us up and I didn't want to stand in front of the stove all night making cookies. It was quick to assemble and I let them sit in the oven for 25 minutes. Voila! Now we have 2 days worth of dessert.

2 Responses to “Chili didn't go so well”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I have always quick-soaked beans, so I don't know the answer. It should have worked. Maybe you'd like to try quick-soaking next time: rinse beans, and place them in a large pot with 6 cups of water per pound of beans. Bring beans and water to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour. They should then be ready to cook in your favorite dish! I cook mine in a crockpot all day after quick-soaking when I make black bean soup.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    That is great advice - thank you so much!

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