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From: Paul (
Subject: Re: Hard black beans and other questions
Date: December 14, 2003 at 7:36 pm PST

In Reply to: Hard black beans and other questions posted by Laurel on July 23, 2003 at 12:57 pm:

As I'm writing this I'm still waiting for my black beans, after four hours of cooking (the recipe called for but two hours...)to get soft enough to eat. They're still crunchy.

A few years ago I tried this recipe with the same result. This time I added the red wine and salt a full two hours after cooking instead of after only 45 minutes as the recipe said. I thought perhaps the salt/alcohol maintained the hardness of the beans. No dice.

These beans have been sitting in my pantry quite a while. But beans seem so dry and lifeless even when just purchased that I figured that aging does no harm.

But apparently old black beans just never get done.

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