Red kidney beans!

Hiya. It's my first time on this forum, I'm usually found on the DFW forum.

Anyway, I wondered if anyone could tell me how many beans I need. I have a recipe looking for 1lb of cooked red kidney bean. I want to know how many ounces of dry beans I need to cook.

Thank you in advance.
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  • ladygrey_2ladygrey_2 Forumite
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    red kidney beans double in weight when cooked so halve the quantity
  • milliejonmilliejon Forumite
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    Thank you Ladygrey! Mmmm - now I can cook a tomato and red bean chilli I've been threatening my family with!
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  • With nothing better to do this morning I watched SAT MORN. KITCH. Archive footage of jamie oliver cooking chilli. Thought 'I'll give that a go'. he used tinned kidney beans.
    my question is this: is there anything gained by going for the dry version in bags - the sort you have to soak?
    I'm male and not expected to know about these sort of things...................

  • wigginsmumwigginsmum Forumite
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    Personally I don't think so - you'd have to soak/boil them before you can use them, and the 'wind power' can be phenomenal. Stick to tinned, in my opinion.
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  • SeakaySeakay Forumite
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    You do save a bit of money by buying dried beans, unless you have access to an Asian grocers where there always seems to be a good collection of very cheap tinned pulses.
    There are a few dangers associated with undercooked kidney beans, so I include the following instructions:

    Red kidney beans: Incidents of food poisoning have been reported associated with the consumption of raw or undercooked red kidney beans. Symptoms may develop after eating only four raw beans and include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain followed by diarrhoea. A naturally occurring haemaglutin is responsible for the illness, but can be destroyed by high temperature cooking, making the beans completely safe to eat. For this reason, kidney beans must not be sprouted. Kidney beans should be soaked for at least 8 hours in enough cold water to keep them covered. After soaking, drain and rinse the beans, discarding the soaking water. Put them into a pan with cold water to cover and bring to the boil. The beans must now boil for 10 minutes to destroy the toxin. After this the beans should be simmered until cooked (approximately 45-60 minutes) and they should have an even creamy texture throughout - if the centre is still hard and white, they require longer cooking.
  • SarahsaverSarahsaver Forumite
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    I prefer dried, once you have got used to them, try tinned onesagain and EUCK - too much added salt and sugar, and even economy ones are not usually as cheap as dried. I get mine from an indian grocers.

    You can soak a load and then freeze the soaked beans.

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  • Ted_HutchinsonTed_Hutchinson
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    I also prefer the dried.
    I've a pressure cooker and follow Miss Vickie's pressure cooking pulses instructions
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  • annie-cannie-c Forumite
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    I have a combo of both. When I am in super-planning-ahead mode I soak, boil, simmer a whole bag at a time and freeze the excess. As others have said, this way you can enjoy them firmer and without the salt/sugar added to the tinned ones.

    I also always keep tinned ones in stock because they are a handy standby. Personally I always think chilli tastes better the day after it is cooked, once the flavours have developed. That means that, if you are doing it the soak/boil/simmer method it can be 2 days between first fancying a chilli and sitting down to eat it!

    You can add kidney beans to all sorts of dishes apart from chilli, and if you blend them in a food processor with a chopped sauteed onion and a bit of garlic and a few spices you can make a lovely bean dip - great served warm or chilled as a dip at parties.
  • cashsavercashsaver Forumite
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    No instuctions on the packet:confused: ... I have soaked them overnight but as I am about to use them, my friend tells me 24 hours is the time to soak!

    They haven't swollen/exxpaanded very much. Any advice pls.... don't really want to poison the inlaws!!!

  • AnnandoAnnando Forumite
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    I usually cook dry black beans, I suppose they are the same.
    I soak them in boiling water and leave it for about 30 minutes or 2 hours depending on what else I'm doing around the house. They tend to expand.
    I then cook them in a pressure cooker for 30 or 45 minutes with the water in which they were soaked. Add loads of other stuff and its DELICIOUS!!!!
    Let me know if you need the recipe! ;)
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