I have been soaking my beans overnight. I just read Christina Pirello's book and she advises against this. She says to soak for no more than 1 hour because you are pouring out lots of the healthy bean goodness with the soaking water. This makes sense to me. I just wanted to know if anyone knew of any equally compelling arguments to continue soaking. If soaking just cuts down cooking time- I don't mind tacking on another 10 mins. I am cooking my beans with kombu so that helps with digestibility. Why soak???
I used to soak but it was just one more thing to take up time. I just cook my beans with kombu. Remember to skim off the foam that rises in the beginning, it will cause some bitterness if left and don't salt at this time either it makes the beans tough on the outside salt can be added later if wanted. Sorry that was a bean cooking lecture. We love mixing red and black beans in recipes just for the color, it looks so yummy.
Oh I would not skip soaking and rinsing! That's amazing that it didn't give you gas! I didn't even know that was possible. If you are short on time, you can parboil beans: Bring to a boil, simmer for about 5 minutes, then turn on the heat, cover and just let it stand/soak for an hour. Then rinse and proceed as though they have been soaked overnight. Ta da!