Cooking Beans and Lentils

///Cooking Beans and Lentils

Cooking Beans and Lentils

I am quite fastidious about the way beans are cooked as I do not like experiencing the common thing we all associate beans with…GAS!  So here is what I do:

Cooking Beans & Lentils


Dried beans or lentils


  1.  Wash beans in cold water and soak overnight in three times the volume of water.
2.  Next day, pour off the water.
3.  Place beans in a pot and cover with water 1 inch above the level of the beans.
4.  Bring to a boil.
5.  Let simmer with lid ajar.
6.  Skim off the foam.
7.  Add more water if necessary. Beans should always be covered with water while cooking.
8.  Cooking time will vary according to the type, size and age of the bean.
9.  Most beans will need approximately 2 hours cooking time. Lentils will take between 30 minutes to one hour.
10.  Beans or lentils should be soft; this is when they are cooked.  This is the stage that you can salt and add other seasonings.  Do not add salt while cooking as above.

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Here are some very tasty vegan bean and lentil recipes:

Chili con Vege

Adzuki Vegetable Bean Stew

White Bean and Asparagus Stew

Butter Bean Dip

White Bean Vegetable Stew

Lentil Stew

Red Lentil Soup

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By | 2017-10-29T15:42:17+00:00 July 2nd, 2010|Gluten Free, Recipes|19 Comments

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I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.


  1. Henna November 20, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Thank you for the great info again. I do love to eat beans and I'm getting used to them. My heath has improved and I'm taking less medicines.  I've lost weight and feeling good, (I do eat lots more veggies too). 
    Thank you again. Henna

  2. Diana November 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

    That is great to hear Henna. I love beans too. I made a big pot of my Chili con Vege this week and it was sooooo good. Filling is with the veges makes all the difference. Yes when we eat in a healthier way; we simply become slender.

  3. Laura Jobe May 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    The way I remove gas from beans is to add baking soda to the water they are soaking in.  If you forget, you can also put baking soda in the pot while the beans are baking. 

  4. Laura Jobe May 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    From prior post, I meant to say cooking,. not baking.

  5. Linda Lee May 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    The use of baking soda in any kind of beans in NOT good as it destroys the nutrients.

    The above method of soaking for 8 to 12 hours is enough time to change the carbohydrates to much more digestible form.

  6. Diana Herrington May 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    You are correct Linda about the baking soda. Laura give the recipe above a try.

  7. Rimutaka October 28, 2013 at 12:27 am

    How would pressure cooking effect this process?
    I have been having heaps of canned beans and have awful painful gas so hoped if I cooked them at home this would improve but it is time consuming.

  8. Diana Herrington October 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Rimutaka, I do not use a pressure cooker so cannot comment. It does concern me that perhaps some of the good details of cooking them as I suggest will get lost like skimming the foam. Cook them as I suggest the first time. Another think to look at how you are eating beans. Read

  9. Julietta5 February 8, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I once heard that putting a bit of white vinegar when cooking beans prevented Gas. Any comments?

  10. colette Qualls September 8, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Is it ok to flavor the beans with some type of meat

  11. Diana Herrington November 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I wouldn’t because I like all the recipes for beans and lentils. Follow the links for all the recipes.

  12. CV January 1, 2016 at 10:04 am

    What is your answer about vinegar and could some chemistry maybee help with the indie stable sugars?

  13. CV January 1, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Sorry inedible sugars

  14. Diana Herrington January 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    CV, When beans are cooked correctly and eaten with the right foods they are very edible. For some people it can take a while to get the body to a place where it is able to digest them I would not soak or cook dry beans in anything other than fresh, cold water. Salt and acidic ingredients like tomatoes, citrus juice, vinegar, wine, or mustard inhibit the absorption of liquid and stop the softening process. Once this happens, the beans will not soften. Another tip I just learned is that is is best to increase soaking and cooking times when using hard water.

  15. Shawna November 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    If you cook the beans just so it’s ready and soft is better for gas or should beans over cook so the gas is less in the beans?

  16. Catherine Khamis August 11, 2017 at 2:04 am

    I always soak and cook more beans than I need. I then put measured portions of the beans into plastic containers and freeze. I then have beans ready prepared when time is short.

  17. Linda G. Palmer September 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Does adding carrots to beans help with getting rid of gas. What about adding parsley, Bay leaves? Love those beans. Will try all suggestions. Or just live with gas.

  18. Marcia September 25, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Is there any way to reduce the gas caused by canned garbanzo beans or frozen peas? Thanks

  19. Diana Herrington October 3, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Marcia, read 7 Ways To Avoid Gas from Beans
    Often it is the combinations of foods that cause it. Also, best not to eat canned beans.

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