The reason we eat so many beans? Well, they’re super cheap! And they’re also a great source of nutrition including protein, fiber, folic acid, iron, and many trace minerals.
But of course, there’s an ugly downside to beans. We all know it. And yeah, it’s the smelly, uncomfortable kind.
This is especially true of canned beans by the way. Yep, not only are they more expensive than dry beans, but they’re not cooked in such a way as to degas them.
But YES, you can degas them.
If you run a quick google search, you’ll come up with ten different methods for the absolute best way to degas beans.
I’ve tried them all, and frankly, not all of them have worked for us.
For a while, I actually thought degassing beans wan’t really possible, and quit eating them.
Then I found out that there’s an enzyme in beans that is only broken down by high heat – in other words, cooking them in the slow cooker was half my problem.
So knowing that, I decided to give them another go, and we FINALLY hit on a bean degassing method that actually works for us.
I’m not by any means saying it’s the only way to degas beans, I’m just saying it’s the one that it totally working for us!
And just as importantly as degassing, I’ve started cooking them in my Instant pot. I LOVE being able to put them in, set the timer, and walk away. This morning, I turned them on, and then walked out the door to go paint our new house while they cooked. The only problem with walking away is that in the Instant Pot, they cook SO fast – you really don’t need to walk away!
How To Cook (and de-gas) Beans In Your Instant Pot
- 2 Cups dry beans
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 3–4 bay leaves
- Cover beans with 6-8 cups of water and let soak 20-36 hours
- Drain beans and rinse under running water while rubbing (or kneading) vigorously with your hands. (This helps break down the gas-causing surface coating)
- Place beans in instant pot with bay leaves and salt
- Cover with water, about an inch deep on top of beans
- Place lid on pot, making sure the valve is closed
- Select the “bean/chili” setting
- Adjust the cook time to 30 minutes for firm beans, or 35 minutes for softer beans (which are perfect for mashing as in refried beans) (Note: As beans age in storage, they take longer to cook. Below, you’ll see that I’ve set the timer for 110 minutes, because, yes, that’s how long it takes for my 3+ year old beans to cook!)
- Let cook, and then slowly depressurize before opening pot.
- Use as desired.