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Old 04-03-2018, 03:01 AM   #1
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Small amounts of beans

It looks like Im going to be making a lot of beans in the near future. I know that cooking up a heaping batch in a 7 quart Dutch oven is the popular thing. I know you can flavor each bowlful a different way for variety during the week, or you can use them as an ingredient in other recipes, but I just want to make, say, two portions at a time.

So, 1. Can I presoak beans and then drain and refrigerate them? And 2. Do I soak and cook a small amount of beans the same way Id cook a standard amount?

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Old 04-03-2018, 04:54 AM   #2
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If I need a small amount of beans I reach for a can.

If I need a small amount of beans on a regular basis I make a big batch and freeze them in meal-sized containers.

I would not soak and refrigerate beans for fear that they would begin to sprout and or mold. I would use the quick soak method of bringing the beans to a rolling boil for one minute and letting them sit covered in the liquid for an hour before starting the recipe.

I think trying to bake a small amount of beans might lose something but for soups or stews a small amount would be fine.

Good luck!
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Old 04-03-2018, 05:54 AM   #3
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I cook beans and then freeze them on sheets in the fridge and then put them in bags, easy way of single freezing them and I can take as munch beans as I need.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:31 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, great suggestions! I really like the freezing thing, it looks oh so handy.
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