How to Degas Pinto Beans

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Beans are delicious and they are a great protein source. However, if they are not treated right, they do have the ability to cause gas. This occurs because the body cannot absorb large sugars called oligosaccharides and the bacteria in the colon digest them, causing the bacteria to release gas. Luckily, there are ways to treat your dried pinto beans before cooking them to prevent gas.

Things You'll Need

  • Quart measuring container
  • Water
  • Stockpot
  • Pinto beans
  • Lid
  • Baking soda
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon

Method One

Place two to three quarts of water into a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a boil.

Add the pinto beans to the water. Boil for two minutes. Turn the heat off and move the pot from the burner.

Leave the beans to soak for at least one hour.

Drain the water and use the beans according to your recipe.

Method Two

Place two to three quarts of water into a large stockpot.

Add the pinto beans to the water. Place the lid on the pot.

Leave the beans to soak overnight.

Drain the water and use the beans according to your recipe.

Method Three

Add your dried pinto beans to a large stockpot. Add enough water to the pot to cover the beans.

Place the stockpot over medium-high heat and boil the water. Once the water is at a rolling boil, turn the heat off and move the pot from the burner.

Place one to two tbsp. of baking soda to the water and stir it in with a wooden spoon. Place a lid on the pot and leave it to sit overnight.

Drain the water. Add enough fresh water to the pot to cover the beans.

Place the stock pot over medium-high heat and boil the water. Once the water is at a rolling boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the beans until they are tender. They will be fully cooked; use as planned.

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