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From: Guy (
Subject: Beans
Date: April 4, 2005 at 6:39 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Guy, I got my pc!!!... posted by Goldie on April 4, 2005 at 8:27 am:

If you soak kidney beans overnight, 25 minutes of cooking and about 5 minutes of sitting on the burner should work.(then a running water release) I like to cook beans with a 1 hour hot soak. It seems to reduce the side effects of beans (gas) by purportedly breaking down whatever it is in the beans that causes gas. To do that I will get a pot of water boiling, throw in the beans & let boil for 3 minutes, cover and shut off the heat and let stand for 60 minutes. After they've soaked for an hour, drain, rinse and add to insert in pressure cooker. 25-30 minutes from sealing the lid is a good starting point with a running water release. You may adjust up or down a little.

Also, what helps a lot to cook a big load of beans is to use a 6 quart pot (with handles!) and a steamer insert which mates to the 6 quart pot. After the pot of water & beans has been soaking for an hour I put the large steamer insert for the 6 quart pot on top of the pc's tripod sitting in my kitchen sink. (no pressure cooker involved to this point) I then pour the pot of hot beans into the steamer insert. Then I pour the drained beans back into the pot & rinse the beans in cool water. Next step is to pour the water & rinsed beans back into the steamer insert and strain again. The next steps are to put the tripod & insert into the pressure cooker, add beans and seal. Takes about 25 minutes to cook.

If you don't cook too much at a time the steamer insert which came with the pc may do the trick so you may not need to get the setup that I have. Also, it is convenient to have two tripods. That way, the insert can be busily being heated up while you are straining the beans in the steamer insert. You may also be able to improvise or might not mind the steamer basket sitting on the bottom of the sink. Hope this is clear. If you have any more questions, feel free to post them.

By the way, I think beans come out great with the insert. They stay more intact than when I didn't use one. Also, beans freeze pretty well in plastic storage containers. Have fun.

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