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Beans and The Power Soak

On March 31, 2012, the FDA declined a petition to remove BPA from food packaging citing insufficient scientific evidence. The move is ‘not final’ and they support further research. Meanwhile, if you’d rather not use canned beans anymore here’s an excellent alternative.  We already know that presoaking beans overnight not only cuts down on cooking time by up to 25 percent, it also helps the beans cook evenly without splitting. However, if you don’t have the time to presoak consider the “power soak” method.  Others have described this technique and currently you’ll see it in Bon Appetite magazine (reported in their March 2012 issue).

Much faster than soaking beans overnight, power soaking breaks down more of the complex sugars that can make beans hard to digest. The simple process begins with placing beans in a pot and covering with water by three inches.  Bring to a boil and simmer briskly for two minutes, remove from heat, cover, and let stand for one hour. Drain, and your beans are ready to use in your favorite recipes (note that they are not fully cooked, rather brought to the same state as if they had been presoaked).