A few weeks ago I decided to soak a pound of beans before I cooked them — just to speed the cooking up a bit. But then I got distracted, and I didn't have time to cook the beans that night. I put the beans and their soaking water in the refrigerator and I didn't get back to them for a solid 24 hours.
I cooked the beans my usual way, in a covered pot in the oven. They turned out creamy and delicious — as they generally do. The difference came in our, um, digestive response to the beans. Even though my husband and I eat a lot of beans, we still have digestive difficulties with them. But this pot of beans was different — no problems whatsoever!
I began wondering if it had something to do with the soaking time; some cooks do say that longer soaking will help beans become more digestible, and after a few batches more of beans, I'm ready to agree with them.
What do you think? Do you soak beans for a long time? Does this help you digest them? Or is this perhaps just in my imagination?
Regardless, I've definitely changed my perspective on soaking beans; I try to think a day ahead now and soak them for much longer.
(Image: Faith Durand)