You don’t soak your beans
If you’re using raw beans, failing to soak them could do more damage than just extending your time in the kitchen. “The longer you cook something, the greater the loss of vitamins and nutrients,” says Guy Crosby, PhD, CFS, a professor in the department of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “By soaking beans in a little salted water overnight, it allows their shells to tenderize and reduces the amount of time you need to boil them.” According to a review in the International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, soaking beans in salted water reduced cooking time by 53 per cent.
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