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oh FGS these beans have been soaking since Sunday and boiling for about 6 hours today and they are still hard.

(18 Posts)
HerBeatitudeLittleBella Tue 07-Jul-09 21:00:24

And this happens every single time I try and cook pulses not from a tin. Kidney beans, cannelini beans, haricots, chickpeas - every sodding bean I ever soak and boil to death doesn't go soft. Why? What am I doing wrong?

AnarchyAunt Tue 07-Jul-09 21:02:27

How long have you had them? They do this if they have been in the cupboard forever.

Yurtgirl Tue 07-Jul-09 21:03:35

That is why I buy the tinned pulses

Cos I cant be bothered with soaking and boiling

AnarchyAunt Tue 07-Jul-09 21:04:47

And do you have hard or soft water? I think they can take longer in hard water - have you tried filtering the water first?

HerBeatitudeLittleBella Tue 07-Jul-09 21:05:38

oh that might be it.
What space of time do they have to be used up by?

AnarchyAunt Tue 07-Jul-09 22:07:08

I usually go for 6 months max.

fishie Tue 07-Jul-09 22:08:05

are you putting salt in the water? a big pinch of bicarb in teh soaking water is good.

fishie Tue 07-Jul-09 22:09:14

i mean don't put salt in the boiling water.

HerBeatitudeLittleBella Tue 07-Jul-09 22:09:18

No I didn't put salt in.

Bicarb eh?

foxinsocks Tue 07-Jul-09 22:10:32

you are not buying them in a tin. That is what you are doing wrong grin.

I tried this once and never again!

fishie Tue 07-Jul-09 22:11:26

the beans must be tres old though. i have got some black beans which are impervious to cooking, i have a go every so often just for fun.

HerBeatitudeLittleBella Tue 07-Jul-09 22:15:32

Honestly in the last 10 years i haven't been able to cook beans

Am convinced by the tin argument.... grin

Blu Tue 07-Jul-09 22:16:04

They are has-beans.

foxinsocks Tue 07-Jul-09 22:17:21


that just made me snort

AitchTwoOh Tue 07-Jul-09 22:17:49

i get the tins, very cheap and delicious beans in lidl. haaaaaaaaaaaate that squeaky undercooked dried bean thing.

HerBeatitudeLittleBella Fri 10-Jul-09 17:55:10

Have just thrown out a packet of haricot beans, best before December 2009 and a packet of cannelini dated September 2006. blush

OK that might have been it then....

HerBeatitudeLittleBella Fri 10-Jul-09 17:55:26

Sorry, December 2008, obv

overweightnoverdrawn Sat 11-Jul-09 12:19:53

bean there done that lol

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