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How to soak rice and beans

Last week Amber asked “How do you soak your rice and beans ?”


Great question. With a super simple 5 step answer.


How to soak rice and beans:

1) Take your rice &/or dry beans & give ’em a good rinse & drain them well.

2) Move them to a non-reactive bowl (ideally glass, but plastic will work too) & cover with filtered water.  Give the beans a few more inches of water than you would rice, since the beans will absorb more. I highly discourage you from using “city water” because it typically contains chlorine, flouride & other heavy metals which your rice and beans will absorb. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any chlorine beans.

3) This is where you add the secret ingredient to your watery rice or beans. Take at least a tablespoon of whey, lemon juice, or ACV (apple cider vinegar) & add this directly to the water. I generally use about 1/4 a cup. It’s up to you, and these will not impact the flavor of the final product.

4) Cover with a dish towel or something similar to let it breath, but keep any yucky stuff out like dust or fruit flies. Let it soak 24 hours. Yep. Just fix it & forget it.

5) After 24 hours have passed (a little less or more is okay too), rinse the rice &/or beans well.

Cook & enjoy them like you always would. I do this once a week for rice and beans to use throughout the week in meals. Easy peasy.


Grains, beans, seeds, nuts & legumes naturally have phytic acid. Phytic acid blocks the absorption of the nutrients in the grains, beans & legumes. Kind of defeats the purpose of eating it, right? Whey contains lactic acid, which just so happens to break down the phytic acid. Lemon juice & ACV are acidic & do the same job. Cool, huh?

So there you have it. Hopefully this has been helpful info on soaking rice and beans . Thanks Amber for your question. And hey, Amber has a blog too, so mosey on over & check it out.

Do you have a question you’d like an answer to related to urban gardening, backyard chickens, real food, or something in between? Comment below & I’ll be happy to answer.


For More Info on Grains, Beans, etc.:

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