Dried beans for bean soup

Asked April 11, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT

My question is about soaking dried beans when making any bean soup. Recipes call for discarding the soaking water but why not use the soaking water for cooking the bean soup? I would think more nutrients and flavor are saved by cooking in the soaking water.

Clatsop County Oregon food safety food preparation

1 Response

Saving and/or using the soaking water from dried beans is safe.
However, during soaking, some of the indigestible sugars in the beans dissolve and remain in the soaking water. These are the compounds that cause digestive distress. Replacing the soaking water with fresh water noticeably reduces the effects of these compounds. Some people are much more sensitive to digestive distress than others.
Hope this helps.