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How can I keep my home cooked black beans black and glossy?

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How can I keep my home cooked black beans black and glossy?

magnoliasouth | Jun 12, 2012 01:11 PM

I don't know what it is, but my black beans never come out looking like black beans. They look like gray beans and they have lost their gloss.

I have tried slow simmering, using the slow cooker, and so forth. I've tried the fast soak method, the overnight soak method. I've tried different brands. I've eliminated salt, added salt and on and on.

I just do not get a bean that looks as beautiful as Bush's black beans. I normally make a corn and tomato salad with my black beans, so looking pretty is fairly important. A grayish dull bean isn't very appetizing at all.

Do you know of a way? What am I missing?

Oh and I'm only cooking them until they are tender. They are not being overcooked.

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