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degassing beans

I've found that baking soda isn't always necessary in order to decrease the
"octane potential" of beans.  I cook beans in my little crockpot by soaking
them overnight, then pouring out the soaking water, giving the beans a
quick rins & then filling the pot with fresh cooking water.  This seems to
do it for me - ever since I started this method, I've never had a problem.
In fact, the one time I added baking soda to a batch of kidney beans, I got
a really odd chemical reaction which made the beans smell & look like they
had been burnt.

Good luck - and *good* question!


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