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Saturday, April 16, 2011


Ever wonder why sometime it seems to take forever to get dry beans to cook? It may be your water! In Las Vegas we have very hard water. The level of minerals in the water affect how long it take the dried bean to absorb the water.  If you have soft water that uses salt that can also affect the time. So if you have hard water or use a water softener, plan on a longer soak time and longer cooking time. Also ALWAYS drain the soaking water - do not use it to cook the beans.

I hope this helps!!



  1. Thanks! And welcome to the blog!!

    Let me know if you have any questions or issues with cooking and I will try to answer them.

  2. What is your recommendation for soaking time?

  3. I recommend at least 8 hours. I usually soak beans overnight. Make sure that you cover the beans with at least 2- 3 inches of water. They will expand as they soak.