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Dried beans -- split and broken after cooking!

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Dried beans -- split and broken after cooking!

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eamcd | | Sep 30, 2011 02:42 PM

I soaked a pound of dried kidney beans last night and cooked them today. Before I even cooked them, I noticed some were split, which I hadn't noticed when I sorted them.

I cooked them in the slow cooker because I didn't want them to overcook or boil up.

I checked them several times and they were quite firm for a long time. But by the time they were cooked (and still aren't mushy), many of them are split and/or just broken. Is it just the beans I had (maybe too old)?

I intended them for chili (yes -- I know many people abhor beans in chili....). Not sure I should still use them in that or come up with something else.

Any ideas of why this happened and how to avoid it next time? Also, any suggestions for something to do with them even in their fractured state?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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