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Beanlovers-what process do you use in cooking your beans/legumes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2013 at 1:10 AM

do you follow the weston price guidelines? or just not worry so much about soaking them for days and days and just have them once in a while.

I used to soak my beans over nite (for maybe 12-18 hours total) and then go ahead cook them slowly on low heat for a few hours untill nice and tender. I never even realized there were all these other steps that should ideally be taken.

Do you advocate eating beans if properly prepared and think that the benefits outweigh the negatives?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on April 06, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Totally agreed! Beans are not "paleo" but that doesn't necessarily mean that eating them in the context of a whole foods and thoughtful diet is going to kill us. I admit, I eat beans pretty regularly, though less often and in smaller portions than I did when I thought they were a health food.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on April 05, 2013
at 10:20 PM

holy moly- 36 hours eh.. i have some chickpeas/garbanzos soaking right now ..:) ..heheh a person gonna starve b4 they can cook up some beans.! damm..true the organic ones would be more $..these are just conventional. prolly teeming with phytates!!!.. heheh I went through a vegan stage not long ago and got sick of all the beans. ty for you response :)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on April 05, 2013
at 10:17 PM

ty for response :) i have some chick peas soaking right now.. lol.. since last nite. I dunno if i even really want to eat them. WAs just trying to save my meats in the freezer for another time and make the groceries go a little further :) ill let them soak extra long and maybe cook them up tomorrow. Yes changing water multiple times should be helpful- my family used to do that too.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on April 05, 2013
at 12:42 PM

I try to keep it simple :)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on April 05, 2013
at 02:25 AM

i used to make nice homemade humus and eat it with carrots. i kinda miss it. Its especially nice in the warmer months too.. cute kitty. ty for response :)

52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

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on April 05, 2013
at 01:47 AM

no problem! hope you find a way. i'm too much of a foodie to give up everything

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on April 05, 2013
at 01:20 AM

:) easy-peezy eh ..:) yeah ive done that too on occasion

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on April 05, 2013
at 01:18 AM

ah okay- im kinda okay with them except for they make me a little bit gassy (not as bad as some people profess ) :) but they give me cramps no matter even if ive cooked them for like 8 hours. I was thinking of trying those guidelines and seeing if it makes a difference. They are economical and tasty too :) once in a while might be a good change perhaps. ty for your response :)

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 05, 2013
at 02:45 PM

I don't eat them often, only bc I can't control myself. :) My mom eats them with a paleo-ish diet and loves them. For her they help with satiety and weight control. They are definitely not "paleo," but some people tolerate them as a compromise.

If I do make them, I notice a big improvement with digestion with MULTIPLE CHANGES OF SOAKING WATER. I read somewhere that this is the traditional eastern european way, or something like that ... I usually:

-start first soak at dinner night before

-change water/rinse at bedtime

-change water/rinse next morning

-change water/rinse and start to cook at lunch for eating at dinner

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 05, 2013
at 10:17 PM

ty for response :) i have some chick peas soaking right now.. lol.. since last nite. I dunno if i even really want to eat them. WAs just trying to save my meats in the freezer for another time and make the groceries go a little further :) ill let them soak extra long and maybe cook them up tomorrow. Yes changing water multiple times should be helpful- my family used to do that too.

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52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

on April 05, 2013
at 01:13 AM

I soak them for a long time, then boil them until desired tenderness. Before I soak them though, I sort through them... which is usually easy and rinse them. (pick the floaters out)

but i rarely eat beans.

while cooking, i add bay leaves to reduce the gas causing stuff.

have absolutely no problems when I eat them and I usually have black beans when i DO eat beans love tex mex.

as for "do the benefits outweight the negatives"... i don't know. it's just a choice i have. i don't feel like you're going to risk your life eating beans once in a while or even regularly. if you aren't bean tolerant, then you probably shouldn't eat them much. i don't worry about the estrogenic stuff or other bad stuff pertaining to beans because i don't eat them often and to be honest, i don't think they bite too hard.

52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

(416)

on April 05, 2013
at 01:47 AM

no problem! hope you find a way. i'm too much of a foodie to give up everything

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on April 06, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Totally agreed! Beans are not "paleo" but that doesn't necessarily mean that eating them in the context of a whole foods and thoughtful diet is going to kill us. I admit, I eat beans pretty regularly, though less often and in smaller portions than I did when I thought they were a health food.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 05, 2013
at 01:18 AM

ah okay- im kinda okay with them except for they make me a little bit gassy (not as bad as some people profess ) :) but they give me cramps no matter even if ive cooked them for like 8 hours. I was thinking of trying those guidelines and seeing if it makes a difference. They are economical and tasty too :) once in a while might be a good change perhaps. ty for your response :)

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94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

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on April 05, 2013
at 12:29 PM

I have probably had beans or lentils about 4 times in the last year. I soak them twice before cooking. I usually check my copy of Nourishing Traditions to get it right since I don't do it often enough to remember - it's probably about the same as the WAPF method. Garbanzos I recall soaking for about 36 hours total and I added some whey in one of the soaks. My guts were fine with them and I'm pretty sensitive to getting cramps like you. they felt about like the safe starches in my system in how they affected energy levels, weight. I didn't blood sugar crash after them or anything. Lentils I also soaked twice. (I love Misr Wot, an Ethiopian lentil dish.) Same thing in terms of my tolerance. They aren't that economical for me since I have to find certified glutenfree beans - I've accidentally glutened myself too many times with non-certified beans even with multiple soaks and fermentation one time! It would be a PITA if I wasn't a paleo eater and thought I should be eating beans more.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 05, 2013
at 10:20 PM

holy moly- 36 hours eh.. i have some chickpeas/garbanzos soaking right now ..:) ..heheh a person gonna starve b4 they can cook up some beans.! damm..true the organic ones would be more $..these are just conventional. prolly teeming with phytates!!!.. heheh I went through a vegan stage not long ago and got sick of all the beans. ty for you response :)

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on April 05, 2013
at 01:59 AM

I rarely eat dried beans. When I do, I soak them overnight and then cook them in the pressure cooker. Mung bean fettuccine is another occasional treat, and I boil it for 8 minutes per the instructions on the package. I do eat green beans, not regularly, but a lot more frequently than dried beans.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 05, 2013
at 02:25 AM

i used to make nice homemade humus and eat it with carrots. i kinda miss it. Its especially nice in the warmer months too.. cute kitty. ty for response :)

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on April 05, 2013
at 01:16 AM

I just take them out of the can and rinse them.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on April 05, 2013
at 12:42 PM

I try to keep it simple :)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 05, 2013
at 01:20 AM

:) easy-peezy eh ..:) yeah ive done that too on occasion

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