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Old 05-25-2007, 03:36 PM   #11
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A pinch of Baking Soda

Add a pinch, more or less depending on how many you are cooking, of baking soda (sodium bicorbonate). Reduce your salt as baking soda contains lots of sodium.

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Old 05-25-2007, 03:59 PM   #12
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After reading this post, just wanted to mention- lol, refried beans do bother me ! There I've said it !
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Old 05-25-2007, 05:00 PM   #13
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Beano, and there'll BE NO gas.

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Old 05-25-2007, 06:06 PM   #14
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Throw out the the soak water after soaking, rinse beans well and cook with fresh water this will reduce a good amount of the enzyme that cause gas as alot of it will come out in the soak water.
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:01 AM   #15
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Throw out the the soak water after soaking, rinse beans well and cook with fresh water this will reduce a good amount of the enzyme that cause gas as alot of it will come out in the soak water.
I agree. I think this is the way to go.
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:40 AM   #16
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My mom combined what a couple of you said and it seemed to work (not completely, but some). She brought the beans to a boil with baking soda in the water. Then she drained and rinsed them and let them soak. I haven't tried it because I forget when the time comes. Nothing works perfectly. As someone else said, eating them more regularly helps lessen the gas. I can't remember the show I was watching, but the show's hostess said to eat them 3 or 4 times a week.

As for burritos not causing problems, my husband's and my unintentional "gas wars" some nights are proof that refried beans are just as guilty!

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Old 05-26-2007, 07:40 AM   #17
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It is quite curious that people do not complain about these side effects after consuming a burrito or any other refried bean dish.

hahahahaa, ever ride in a car with someone who's eaten that?? It's the passengers that are complaining!
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:07 AM   #18
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The source of gas comes from how much air is consumed while chewing.
If this were true then you would be tooting just much from eating just about anything that requires chewing. You don't chew beans any differently than you do a sandwich or pizza or an apple etc.
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Old 05-26-2007, 09:19 AM   #19
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I do as said before - toss the soaking water and use fresh water to cook the beans. Someone told me a long time ago to eat carrot sticks when having beans and that seems to work for us. I don't know what the magic is. Perhaps something is carrots help to break down the enzymes?(just a thought).
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Old 05-26-2007, 10:57 AM   #20
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My grandma always put a little baking soda in the beans. She said it "took the snappers out". I've heard that adding an aspirin will do the same thing.
The Mexican herb epazote is supposed to do the job, also.
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