How To Cook Beans
You should always cook your own beans. I would understand if you are in a rush and use canned beans. But canned beans do contain a lot of salt. Plus, the canned version tastes metallic in the bean smoothies. Yuck!
Two great benefits of cooking your own beans are saving your money and your nose. 🙂
#1 – It is much cheaper to buy dried beans over canned. The totals don’t even come close. Save your money for more important things in your life.
#2 – Cooking allows you to cook the beans the way you want/need too. Beans should be cooked after soaking in water for 12 hours. Soaking beans assist break down oligosaccharides, the indigestible sugars that cause gas. This process can also remove tannins, phytic acid and tryspin inhibitors.
Trust me… Soaking the beans will really save your nose and others’ noses around you.
To cook beans, start the previous evening. Place them in water overnight. When you are ready to cook the beans, rinse them off well and place on the stove with fresh water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer until the beans are soft.
Once the beans are cooled off, rinse them off again and refrigerate what you can use within a week. The rest of the beans can be frozen in individual containers for a convenient protein smoothie recipe.