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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 8

De-gassifying Beans!!!

Posted By: Karla
Date: Friday, 22 January 1999, at 4:18 p.m.

In Response To: I discovered black-eyed peas ! (SalG)


Gotta try those black-eyed peas. I bought some, but I'm a bean chicken. It takes so long to do it right!

Okay, beans are a heavy carb-protein blend, and many people don't tolerate them well. It's best to eat them with a good fresh salad or mess o' steamed veggies--the water and fiber help the beans move along.

You know to soak dried beans overnight in water, right? Soaking helps to release some of the sugars that cause gassiness. But did you know that adding a pinch of baking soda to the water will help de-gas the beans? You use 6 cups of cool water to each pound (16 ounces) of beans, and add a pinch of baking soda. Cover the beans, and leave soaking overnight.

In the morning, discard all the water, rinse the beans, replace with fresh water, and start cooking your beans (times vary with the type of bean). Some people say adding a whole clove of peeled garlic and a sprig of cilantro will further de-gas the beans. Remove both and discard before serving (though some use the squishy garlic as a bread topping--ooh!).

Boun Appetito!

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