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Cooking dried kidney beans-splitting

whoppr | Jan 12, 201111:09 AM


I am cooking dried kidney beans for a batch of chili. I have read several posts about soaking, adding salt, not adding salt, etc. However, I am trying to figure out why the beans split when I cook them. I usually have used cans and am trying to plan in advance so that I can use dried instead. Ive cooked dried before, but not often so I am not sure what I am doing right or wrong. What should I avoid doing?

Here is what I did

-soaked overnight. Threw out water it was soaked in.
- Threw soaked beans in a crockpot and filled with water.
- Turned on low. After 6 1/2 hour they looked done. As I mentioned, a bunch of these split.

So any insights? Here are my thoughts and questions.

Cooked too long?
Low is not low enough?
Add salt?

Thanks in advance for insight

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