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WEIRD ? - Can you soak pinto beans for TOO long?
« on: October 15, 2019, 08:13:49 PM »
It's been a very weird week for our family.  Short story - I put beans to soak in the fridge 5 days ago.  Our fridge is really cold btw.  They aren't sprouting and don't smell bad.

I started to cook them but am curious if I'm wasting my time.

Anyone know for sure if this will hurt me to eat?

PS-yes I know I can just throw them out and start over, but I'm curious and want to learn.

Thanks everyone!

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Re: WEIRD ? - Can you soak pinto beans for TOO long?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019, 07:58:29 AM »
Hi Gringo...

I've never heard of this question, but I can't think of any reason they would have spoiled when refrigerated.


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Re: WEIRD ? - Can you soak pinto beans for TOO long?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2019, 08:31:05 AM »
I wouldn't think they would be bad.
Wife doesn't fridge them when she soaks them overnight sitting on the counter.

Give them the old sniff test.  ;D

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Re: WEIRD ? - Can you soak pinto beans for TOO long?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2019, 04:44:11 PM »
Thanks all!  So I went ahead and cooked them.  They were oddly bland despite seasoning them the way I always do and they were a little mushy.  So I tossed them and soaked another pound over night.  Oh well.  In a pinch, I would've still eaten them probably.

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Re: WEIRD ? - Can you soak pinto beans for TOO long?
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2020, 07:02:55 PM »
As I know of, it suffices to soak pinto beans for 8 hours for them to be ready. Try it this way too, should be more than enough.

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Re: WEIRD ? - Can you soak pinto beans for TOO long?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2020, 05:15:36 AM »
I don't soak my pinto beans. Just put a pound of beans and 2 quarts of liquid in the pot and simmer until they begin to soften, season and simmer until done. 2-3 hours usually. Much depends on how dry they are to begin with.

I have had beans that soaked 48 hrs and cooked 8 hours that were still like granite. They got pitched.

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Re: WEIRD ? - Can you soak pinto beans for TOO long?
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2020, 01:19:53 PM »
Sometimes beans that have been in storage for a long while don't soften up even if soaked overnight. However, by pressure cooking (or pressure canning), you can get many of those older beans to soften up and work just fine.