How to Take The Gas Out of Beans
Learn How to Take The Gas Out of Beans with my one simple trick. My trick for removing gas from beans is none other than baking soda. It works perfectly and you won’t taste it in your beans. It gets rinsed and removed from the beans prior to cooking them, and it works!
Ever wish you could take the gas out of your favorite beans? Well, you can with this tip I’m about to share with you. Yep…I have a secret ingredient that will de-gas your beans every time. I’ve been using this secret ingredient for years to de-gas my beans. I learned this little tip from my mother many years ago and now I want to share it with you. Read on to see what my tip is…
Here’s what you need to do…
Soak your beans in some cold water overnight as you normally would and rinse them…
Now, are you ready for my secret ingredient?
Now add 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda…what? That’s right, Baking Soda.
Cover the beans with water and make sure you use a deep pot. You’ll see why next…
And bring them to a boil. Note: Do not walk away from the pot of beans during this step or you will be sorry! The water will begin to foam up…
And more…before it starts to boil. As soon as it starts to boil, remove it from the heat…
Drain the beans. The water will look green but don’t freak out…
And rinse them thoroughly…
Then return them to the pot and cover them with fresh water and season and cook as normal…
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Have you ever added cheddar to navy bean soup. I have not but what do you think?
Hi Joyce, I would think not, because the canned beans have already been cooked.
Hello, would this work on pinto beans?
Yes, it will work on any type of beans.
Hmmm. My mother used to add a tsp of baking soda to her beans when she soaked them over night, but she never boiled them. I never knew what it was for. I’ll try this method next when I make chili.
Thanks so much for sharing. I have used baking soda but haven’t soaked the beans overnight. My husband loves beans but doesn’t like to eat them as often as I do because they really have a toll on him. I’m very grateful to you because I finally know what to do. He will be very grateful for you also because he loves them so much. Again, thanks sooo much.
I’m happy to share this tip for cooking beans. My mother did this for years, so I thank her for the tip. Just watch them closely once you add the baking soda because they will come to a boil and the baking soda foam will boil over very quickly. Happy Thanksgiving!! Cindy
What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. Will this also work with canned beans?
Hi Jill, Unfortunately no, because they’re already cooked.
Am very grateful to you for sharing “How to take gas out of beans”. My husband will be very very grateful for you also.
Thanks for the new method of cooking beans I am going to try. I have been using a method that takes 24 to 48 hours to degas my beans . Thanks will try this and come back to you be blessed.
You’re welcome! Yes, I’d love some feedback! Happy Holidays!! 🙂
Does this work if you use canned beans?
Thought my mom use to add cream of tartar
I am canning my beans, is it possible to do this and then can them?
Hi Lisa, I can’t give you a clear answer on the canning part. It depends on how you prep your beans before canning them. Taking the gas out does not cook the beans. Whether you are canning cooked or uncooked beans, you should still be able to do the removing the gas step first.
Thank you! Since I don’t cook my beans before I can them I think it may work. You can bet I will try!
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Is it safe to cook the beans in an instant pot after de-gassing them with baking soda? I wouldn’t want my pressure cooker to foam and clog up.
Hi Jane, I haven’t done so, but I don’t know why not. Either way, you have to rinse them, and they should no longer foam up after they’re rinsed.
After they are degassed, they are not fully cooked, correct? Can the beans be frozen at this point? I have a 3 lb bag of pinto beans that I would like to cook and freeze and finish cooking them when we are ready for beans
Hi Sandra, Correct. They are not cooked. I have not tried freezing them at this point. However, I don’t see why you couldn’t. Just make sure, you rinse them 2 to 3 times before freezing them.
I am referencing only pinto beans here. I don’t like my pinto beans to get that weird purplish color that pinto beans get, and my method seems to also get rid of the gas. I cover them with about 2-inches of water, cover the pot and bring them to a boil and cook for about an hour, until most of the spots are gone, then drain and rinse and refill the pan with water about an inch over the beans and finish cooking them. No purple and no gas.
I do this as well. My MIL used this trick that my husband shared with me when we married…it works!!
What about frozen beans can you degas them?
Hi Vickie, Only if they are uncooked. If they’re already cooked, you can’t degas them.
I was thinking one the two things my mother said to add to beans was either baking soda or cream of tarter. The note fell off the inside of my cabinet door and now that I am old, I couldn’t remember what was the second item, which I see it is what I was thinking, which is baking soda. Thank you and good old Pinterest! My Mother (therefore I) washed my beans several times then put them on the stove to cook. No soaking overnight and they were always ready in 3 hours.
Hi Cindy, since the beans are soaked for 8 hours, do they take less time to cook
Hi Paulina, Yes, they take about 2 hours for me.
I do this all my dried beans but I don’t soak my beans at all. When I want to cook them I wash them fill my pot with water and add whatever meat I’m using as seasoning (favorite is ham hocks) cook for about 30 min I add my beans and baking soda bring it back to a boil turn down on low and cook until I like them. You can’t tell the baking soda is in them at all. I learned this from my Granny.
I need to give this a try! Question, how much soda do you use?
Hi Alwon, Use 1 teaspoon. A little goes a long way.
How do I do this when I’m using chili beans? Anything I can do AFTER I’ve already made the casserole?
Hi Sue, Unfortunately, this has to be done to uncooked beans.
Wondering if this method will work on cabbage? If cutting and soaking it in the same manner.? Any thoughts?
Hi Tim, I’m not sure, but if you do try it please let the rest of us know if it works. 🙂
I always use a can of beer in my beans. That works too!
My mom taught me to do this, too. Works like a charm every time!