Quick Soaking Dry Beans in Instant Pot

By February 4, 2015


 

Quick soaking beans is a method to hydrate beans in pressure cooking for 8~9 minutes to remove the indigestible sugar which may upset some stomach. In this video, Laura Pazzaglia, founder of www.HipPressureCooking.com, shows you how do so. However, the faster re-hydration of the beans may cause the skins to crack or separate rendering them slightly less attractive than their overnight soaked beans.

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16 Responses to “Quick Soaking Dry Beans in Instant Pot”

  1. Kelly says:

    I’m having trouble understanding your terms for the release method. You stated this is a “slow normal release”. But when you demonstrated it, it seemed like a monitored quick release. Is there a time delay after the 2 mins of pressure cooking.

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  2. PatB says:

    I thought adding salt to dried beans prior to cooking was a big no no?

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    Donna Reply:

    This is one of many areas of debate. It may slow the cooking, but many prefer the flavor.

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    Mel Reply:

    I’ve heard it makes the skins tough, so I always add salt after the beans are tender.

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  3. Also may depend on your altitude. When I lived in Denver (after Michigan and before SoCal), I had trouble getting dried beans cooked.

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  4. Ellie says:

    I tried the quick soak n it didn’t work for me. 2 mins not enough time. I also tried 10 mins still not enough time.

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    Donna Reply:

    Ellie, what type of beans were you cooking?

    The “Quick Soak Method” can be done at pressure for 2 minutes with a slow release, though a “natural pressure release” will take a little longer, and may serve you better, to reduce the actual cooking time down to that of “soaked beans” which is normally in the range of 8 to 9 minutes of cooking time- for most beans, most of the time.

    There are many variables when cooking natural products. With dry beans the variables can include type of beans, age and dryness of the beans, even your altitude and the hardness of your water.

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    Ellie Reply:

    They were Great Northern beans.We do have hard water. Would that mean that I should add more time?

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    Donna Reply:

    You may need to add a couple of minutes under pressure, and some cooks with hard water report good luck adding just a pinch of baking soda to the cooking water as well.

    Vickie Reply:

    If you add salt to the beans before they are cooked, they will remain hard.

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    amy machael Reply:

    Is that a good thing? When you say hard, do you mean they will keep their shape, or do you mean they will remain firm and not good? Thanks for your help!

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  5. DB says:

    I found no difference using the quick method to the overnight soak; a godsend for us with poor memory!

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  6. Yvette says:

    May I suggest to less time instead fo doing this 8-9 minutes i would do only maximum 5 and let it sit for another 5 ,tehn it will not look so mushy,after teh initial cooking. I do thi s with lentils and chic peas etc.

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  7. Pepper Goforth says:

    Thanks!

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  8. Pepper Goforth says:

    Great! How long would you then cook beans after the quick soak/rinse? Would you just use the Bean setting?

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    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Yes, you can simply use the Bean program.

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