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I have a dumb question about canned beans. There are no cooking

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I have a dumb question about canned beans. There are no cooking instructions in the can and so i opened them and heated them in the micro for 3 minutes. They tasted ok, but then someone told me raw beans, unsoaked, are dangerious. Did i cook them alright? Are canned beans cooked? How can i tell? These were kidney, chick pra, plus others in a 6 bean medley. Thanks.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  SpecialistMichael replied 5 years ago.
Absolutely no such thing as a dumb question. Manufacturers sometimes don't provide instructions for simple things so I can tell you that you aren't the only one with these concerns.

Beans and any raw legumes are going to be quite firm, similar in feeling to a nut, not like the soft squishy cooked beans. Cooked beans usually get a little bit more transparent, not much but visually they change a bit.

So to answer your question yes canned beans are cooked, the canning process even includes a sterilization technique to avoid any unwanted bacterial growth inside the cans - they are sterile basically. Now that we are on that little topic, you always want to avoid bulging cans of anything, typically it means they are spoiled inside or weren't sterilized enough during canning - eating cans with any openings or bulges can give you pretty nasty food poisoning.

So when you open your beans, they are cooked, all you need to do is heat them up or add to a recipe, whatever you like.

Raw beans and anything that comes from the ground can be pretty dangerous even after washing beans, some potatoes and even other veggies can contain bacteria that can make you a little sick. Soil is notorious for harboring some bacteria, so while the risk is pretty low, there is a slight risk in eating raw stuff..but again this is irrelevant as you are eating cooked beans.

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Laughing Mike
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanjs so much. So why does the can say, "mixed dry beans." are "dry" beans always raw? Can u have a cooked dry bean? They seemed tender when i ate them, not crunchy. Thanks!
Expert:  SpecialistMichael replied 5 years ago.
You're welcome!

Raw beans would be nearly impossible to eat without breaking teeth. They are super hard. Exceptions would be something like a wet GREEN BEAN, like those in a pod which are considerably easier to eat raw as you may be familiar with. Typically though you find the beans in your medley as a "dry bean" before washing and cooking, so its different compared to something like green beans which you can eat without cooking if you wished; they are much softer.

Dry beans like kidney, pinto beans, lima beans, black eyed peas etc.. you actually have to wash(to clean) off dirt and bacteria, then you soak them in water and cook them to soften them. Your canned beans are definitely cooked, they just use the "dry" as an indicator of the types of bean or legume found before eating or cooking - because I'm sure your canned beans came in a brine or solution of sorts. Laughing
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
You know a lot about this for sure. Its very helpful. They did come in a brine. I guess a can relax a bit anout them. Thanks again. So i could literally open the can and add them right to a salad? On a side note, i have adopted a modified paleo diet and now do 13 pullups twice a day along with 30 pushups. Ive lost 30 lbs. from 165 to around 138. I do worry about my cholesteral but i do feel healthier.
Expert:  SpecialistMichael replied 5 years ago.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX homegrown farm boy so it definitely helps Cool

Paleo diet is an excellent "reasonable" way of thinking of how our ancestors used to live and eat. Veggies ad libitum, lean meats and nuts and some carbohydrate here and there is great(and really easy to remember).

You should add a few sets of a squat and a lunge to your routine, working large muscle groups(chest, back and legs) really triggers the body into an anabolic state compared to small groups only. Plus the lunge will give you a good balance and stability component and you can do the exercises almost anywhere. Thats some really impressive progress though.

If I can be of assistance in the future with anything I would like you to request me "For FitnessSpecialist Only" if you would like my help. Its been a pleasure assisting you.
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