Legume Science Post #12 Mar-30-2021 - Elevation Increases Bean Cooking Time

Legume Science Spotlight – Elevation Increases Bean Cooking Time

Do you live above sea level? That may be part of why your beans are taking a long time to cook! Elevation has been shown to lengthen the cooking time of beans, with samples cooking (much more) quickly at lower elevations.

Legume Science Post #12 Mar-30-2021 - Elevation Increases Bean Cooking Time

For this study, they pretty much squished beans between their fingers every 10 minutes or so to see when they were done. Ever wondered about a more objective way to test cooking time for beans? It does exist! One pretty cool way is to use a Mattson cooker.

If you are looking to shorten cooking time, here are some ideas:

It’s also worth noting that cooking in hard water (i.e., water with a high mineral content) can slow down the cooking time of beans. Storage conditions and time also matters! Beans do have a long shelf-life, but if they have been stored for a very long time and/or in poor conditions (e.g., too hot, too humid), they can take a long time to cook and may become almost impossible to soften.

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