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Old 08-28-2004, 11:47 AM
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Beans, Beans, The Musical Fruit!

Preparing Beans!

You can make dried beans quickly one of two ways - pre-boiling or pressure cooking.

If you don't have a pressure cooker (a good, thrifty investment, by the way), pre-boil your beans:
  • Pour dried beans out of the package into a bowl and check them over to be sure there aren't any little rocks or clumps of dirt (beans are a "natural" product, and a little "trash" may get into the package).
  • Thoroughly rinse off the beans.
  • Put beans in a pot with twice as much water as beans.
  • Bring to a rolling boil. Let them boil for 2 minutes (set a timer). Remove from heat and let them sit for at least an hour. This is the equivalent of an overnight soak.
  • Once beans have sat for an hour, toss away the water, put beans in a **big** pot and put fresh water in the pot to about an inch above the level of the beans. This is approximately 5 cups per 1 cup of beans. (Beans usually triple in size while cooking.)
  • Cook according to the directions on the package.

If you are preparing the beans in a pressure cooker, be sure the vent is clear! The amount of beans you prepare will depend on the size of pressure cooker you have. In most pressure cookers, you can make 2 cups of dried beans (makes 5-6 cups of cooked beans).
  • Place picked-over, rinsed beans in the pot along with a little salt and a tablespoon of oil. You can also add some pepper, if desired. Cover with water to about 2" above the level of the beans.
  • Place top, lock, and bring to high pressure.
  • Cook for about 20 - 25 minutes under a medium high pressure. The shorter time will give more "chewy" beans, the longer time will give softer beans.
  • Remove from heat, and allow the pressure to come down to pressure naturally for about 10 minutes. (Do NOT try to "speed up" the process by tipping the vent or putting the pot in cool water.)
  • Release the remaining pressure.

At this point, you have cooked beans and you can make whatever recipe you would like to.
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Avoiding the "Musical" Consequences!

The Musical Fruit
If you have problems with "musical beans," there are a couple of things you can do before you you resort to something like Beano.
  • First, soak the beans overnight - don't use the "preboiling" or pressure cooking methods. Longer soaking time means more of the oligosaccharides (gas-producing properties) will be leached out of the beans.
  • Second, rinse the beans well after soaking. A small amount of nutrients will be lost.
  • Third, avoid other gas-producing foods at the same meal (see list below).
  • Finally, eat a lot of beans! The more beans you eat, the less the oligosaccharides will bother you. Your body will adjust and aclimate somewhat if you eat more beans, although there is not complete adjustment, and beans may always cause some amount of gas.

Other Gas Producing Foods:
  • Vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, kohlrabi, onions, radishes, and sauerkraut.
  • Root vegetables: Potatoes, rutabagas, and turnips.
  • Fruits: apples, apricots, raisins, bananas, and prunes.
  • Grains: wheat and wheat products including cereals, breads, and pastries.
  • Milk & milk products : milk; ice cream; and cheese.
  • Other Legumes: most beans, especially dried beans and peas, baked beans, soy beans, lima beans.
  • Fatty foods: foods that have been pan-fried or deep-fried, fatty meats, rich cream sauces and gravies; pastries (doughnuts, etc).
  • Foods that contain air: carbonated beverages or whipped cream, fizzy medicines (such as bicarbonate of soda, alka-selzer).

Reduce Saliva Production:
  • Avoid smoking pipes, cigarettes and cigars.
  • Avoid chewing gum and hard candy.
  • Avoid sipping through straws and drinking from bottles with narrow mouths.
  • Be sure dentures fit properly.

Finally:
  • Avoid deliberately swallowing air to make yourself belch.
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