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Old 02-22-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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Are soaked but uncooked beans edible?

What does cooking beans (instead of just soaking them) do to them?

I mean, I'm sure that there's a reason (actually I'm not. that's why I'm asking) like food poisoning; but it would still be cool to know if soaked but uncooked beans are edible.

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Old 02-22-2008, 06:12 PM   #2
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Yeah.... I'm pretty sure they can be ingested .......
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:26 PM   #3
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Yea, you can eat em, but I would not reccommend it. They tend to do a number on your tummy!
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:34 PM   #4
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They are easier to retrieve from a kid's nose if they're cooked.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:52 PM   #5
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From one who knows!

I had to get a neighbor to help me get a dried bean out of my 2 year old's nose when one of the cute little felt bean bags I made her got a hole in it.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:06 PM   #6
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Yeah a lot of beans contain toxins.

A number of years ago a Bulgarian dissident was killed by the KGB by a miniscule pellet injected into his leg by a device in an umbrella. That pellet contain ricin, a very toxic poison made from the castor bean - yep the bean that they make castor oil from.

Many beans do have toxins and they are usually destroyed by heating.

Am not speaking of green beans or beans of that sort here. Just stuff like kidney beans or canneloni beans.

Some folks say toss the water, it contains toxins.

Have used it without a problem.

All I know, hope it helps.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:18 PM   #7
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Actually, Aunt Dot, Castor beans are not true beans. They come from the family Ricinus communis, while kidney beans are a cultivar of legumes, Phaseolus vulgaris.
Legumes are not poisonous.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:29 PM   #8
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Toxins aside, uncooked beans would be kind of tough on the teeth and digestive track.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:35 PM   #9
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They are easier to retrieve from a kid's nose if they're cooked.

I'll be sure to keep all uncooked beans out of reach from now on!
Thanks for the tip!
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oohhh, that hurt my stomach just reading the post, please, not a good idea!
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