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Hi,

I recently decided to buy dried beans (white, black, soy, mung, chickpeas) rather than tins and am wondering if I can use the microwave to cook them after soaking. I've seen mixed information regarding this on various sites and have had mixed success to date!

If so, how long should I be cooking them/at what power etc.?

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I think the biggest problem with cooking them in the microwave is that beans are essentially little capsules (like eggs) and a microwave would heat from the inside and explode them. Makes a big mess. That plus translating the time to cook them (plus, you simmer beans and cook them slowly - that's not easy in a microwave either) - I'd probably just do them on the stove or in the crockpot.
 

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(plus, you simmer beans and cook them slowly - that's not easy in a microwave either) - I'd probably just do them on the stove or in the crockpot.
Just to comment on this: Although this might do for most beans, it's not enough for certain types of beans - particularly red kidney beans. These contain toxins which can only be neutralized by boiling the beans vigorously for at least 10 minutes after having soaked them for 10-14 hours. For the same reason, red kidney beans should not be sprouted.

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As long as the fluid is actually boiling, however gently (like a simmer), the temperature doesn't increase as you boil more vigorously until the fluid is evaporated off. So if it's safe to boil for ten minutes, it's safe to simmer for the same time. (Got to make some use of that physics class...)

Anything less than that temperature, like a crockpot, is a different kettle of beans entirely.
 

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Originally Posted by evan_fabiani View Post

why use a microwave anyways? let's pour radiation and kill all the nutrients in our food! haha.

my opinion is to take the extra few minutes to boil them

microwaves are toxic.
My thoughts exactly. I avoid my microwave whenever possible. Chemically altered food with the majority of it's nutrients destroyed? No, thanks.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I went ahead and did them on the stove - was just wondering was there a faster way without a pressure cooker. I think I'll invest in one.

On a related matter, how long are chickpeas good after they've been cooked?

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