Soft beans vs. firm/hard beans

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Soft beans vs. firm/hard beans

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So, today, I had some well-cooked beans (chili) that were quite firm. I prefer my beans super soft. So, I thought I'd do some research on how to make soft beans.

I found Bigfoot's comments on this article to be insightful (although in need of testing):

So, yeah, ideas (not just Bigfoot's) include adding baking soda, don't cook them with tomatoes (add tomatoes after the beans are soft), pre-soaking overnight, and other stuff. They say older beans stay firmer longer.

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