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    thanks for all the help there. I had used the search menu but didn't find what i was looking for in other threads so i apologise for posting the same query again.

    we will have lots and lots of beans this winter to eat i think

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    thank you for explaining things two sheds,but can they be frozen instead of dried,before the 10 min boil,

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrideXIII View Post
    thankyou for explaining, i figured it was something to do with age. I assume then, that as with kidney beans, the soaking and boiling of runners will eliminate the toxins to a safe to eat level?
    It's the boiling that gets rid of the toxin (10 mins).

    The soaking is simply to hydrate dried beans so they are soft enough to chew! (8 hr cold soak, or a 1 hr boiled-water soak)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    We've had this question recently on another thread.

    As with French beans, there is a toxin in the seeds of runner beans. Boil them for a good 10 mins before eating.

    If you dry them, then you need to soak overnight in cold water (or an hour in boiled water) before the 10 min boil.
    I've quite often soaked shop-bought kidney beans AFTER 10 mins in the pressure cooker (and in the same water they were boiled in). They get cooked afterwards, but without any particular effort at the 'really fast boil'. We are still here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilary B View Post
    We are still here.
    The toxin prob won't kill you (although it can). It just gives you bad stomach cramps, vomiting etc.
    some people think they can't tolerate the gas in beans ... I think they just don't cook them properly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    The toxin prob won't kill you (although it can). It just gives you bad stomach cramps, vomiting etc.
    some people think they can't tolerate the gas in beans ... I think they just don't cook them properly
    Never had any such problem, and I used to do it that way when the kids were small (these days I have reverted to buying tinned, to save time, but back then economy was all-important and planning ahead was actually easier than it is these days). One 30yo and one 28 don't seem to have suffered unduly.
    I reckoned that if 10 mins boiling was important, then 10 mins pressure cooking was better, and no-one had said it HAD to be soak first and boil after, so I did it the other way around, and it seemed to work OK.
    I've always been a bit of a 'seat of the pants' cook, like my Mum (although I doubt she ever used pulses much except during rationing time, which was before I was around).
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    I know this thread is several years old, but just had a read.. might start drying some beans rather than hauling tons off the plot every night
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