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How to Soak Your Beans

Soaking Red Beans

Soaking beans is a matter of personal preference and not absolutely necessary, but many people believe it lessens cooking time and makes beans easier to digest. It’s worth noting that lentils, split peas and blackeye peas do not need to be soaked because they’re softer legumes and cook much faster. If you do choose to soak your beans, there are different ways to do it.

Before soaking, pour beans into a colander, rinse with clean water, and remove any dust or debris such as pebbles or imperfect beans. Then, pick your soaking method.

There are three ways to soak, ranging from one hour to overnight:

  • 1-Hour Quick Soak
  • 3-Hour Hot Soak
  • 8-Hour or Overnight Soak

1-Hour Quick Soak

In a stockpot, bring 10 cups water to a boil. Add 1-pound Camellia Brand dry beans and return to a boil; let boil 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside at room temperature for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans, or continue and cook in soaking water.

3-Hour Hot Soak

In a stockpot, bring 10 cups water to a boil. Add 1-pound Camellia Brand dry beans and return to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and set aside at room temperature for 2-3 hours. Drain and rinse beans, or continue and cook in soaking water.

8-Hour or Overnight Slow Soak

In a stockpot, cover 1-pound Camellia Brand dry beans with 10 cups water. Soak for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse beans before cooking.

 

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  • Brad

    Thank you for the tips and options – we had always used overnight and try 3 hour today.

  • Nickki

    Method #4, overnight, by covering and ‘SET ASIDE’ does that mean room temp? My husband has also prepared our bean dishes & I want to surprise him with our New Orleans souvenir-Camellia Beans.

    • Kell Brigan

      Personally, I would refrigerate the beans overnight (after letting the pot cool). If you leave it at room temperature overnight, you might get some fermentation going on. (My preference is actually for the 1-hour soak. I think the flavor’s better.)