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How to Rehydrate Kidney Beans

If you purchase dried kidney beans, instead of canned beans, they will need rehydration before cooking. There are a number of ways in which to rehydrate dried kidney beans. The easiest method will take about 8 hours. Quicker hydration methods take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

Dried kidney beans need a good soak before cooking.

If you purchase dried kidney beans, instead of canned beans, they will need rehydration before cooking. There are a number of ways in which to rehydrate dried kidney beans. The easiest method will take about 8 hours. Quicker hydration methods take between 1 and 3 hours to complete. If you prefer a gas-free bean, use the gas-free soak hydration method.

Preparing for the Soak, All Methods

  1. Pick through the dried beans, removing shriveled beans or foreign matter, such as small rocks.

  2. Add 10 cups of water to a stockpot.

  3. Measure out 1 pound of dried kidney beans.

Slow Soak

  1. Add the beans to the stockpot with water.

  2. Cover the pot.

  3. Place in the pot in the refrigerator, and let it set overnight, or for 6 to 8 hours.

  4. Pour out the water, and rinse beans with fresh water.

Hot Soak

  1. Place the stockpot on the stove, and bring the water to a boil.

  2. Add the beans to the boiling water.

  3. Bring the water to a boil for a second time, and then remove the pot from the heat.

  4. Cover the stockpot tightly, and set at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.

  5. Pour out the water, and rinse the beans with fresh water.

Quick Soak

  1. Place the stockpot on the stove, and bring the water to a boil.

  2. Add the beans to the boiling water.

  3. Bring the water to a boil again, and boil for 3 more minutes.

  4. Cover the stockpot tightly, and set at room temperature for 1 hour.

  5. Pour out the water, and rinse the beans with fresh water.

Gas-Free Soak

  1. Place the stockpot on the stove, and bring the water to a boil.

  2. Add the beans to the boiling water.

  3. Bring the water to a boil again, and boil for 3 more minutes.

  4. Cover the stockpot tightly, and set at room temperature overnight. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 90 percent of the gas causing indigestible sugars will dissolve into the water.

  5. Pour out the water, and rinse the beans with fresh water.

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.