El Cielo - Whole Black Turtle Beans 1kg

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Dry whole black turtle beans to cook at home

How to soak beans

The easiest way to soak beans is to cover 500g of beans with 8 cups cold water in a big pot or Dutch oven and let them sit overnight. For same-day results, combine the beans and water in the pot and bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 1 hour. Drain and rinse the beans well.

Tip: Add a pinch of salt to the soaking water to make the beans softer. Make sure to rinse the beans well since salt will toughen the beans as they cook.

How to cook dried beans

Place the soaked and rinsed beans back in the pot and cover with 8 cups fresh water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 75 to 90 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

Tips: To speed up cooking, add ½ teaspoon baking soda to the cooking water.

For the best flavor and texture, cook beans the day before they are served and allow them to cool in their cooking liquid, use ½ teaspoon of Epazote herbs while cooking. This allows more time for the flavor to develop and for the beans to soak up some of the liquid. Though it's ideal to soak the beans until the water is cool, you don't have to cool completely before draining.