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How to Soak Beans for 4 to 6 Days for NO GAS

How and why to soak beans for 4 to 6 days before cooking to reduce flatulence-causing sugars, and then how to cook them in the slow cooker or pressure cooker.
Course DInner, lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine African, American, Asian, European
Keyword how to cook beans, how to soak beans, soaked beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
4 days
Servings 4 or more servings, depending on how many beans you choose to soak and cook
Calories 220kcal
Author Megan
Cost $2


  • bowl and colander
  • slow cooker or Instant Pot (or other brand of pressure cooker)


  • any amount desired! dry beans see this chart for which beans to use for your blood type
  • enough to cover by 2 inches water preferably clean well water or filtered water


  • Place beans in large bowl. Cover by about 2 inches with room temperature water.
  • Soak for 24 hours (on the counter).
  • Pour beans into a colander, and rinse them well. Wash the bowl. Place beans back into bowl, and again, cover by 2 inches with water.
  • Repeat this process for a minimum of 4 days, or up to 6 days, rinsing, changing the water and washing the bowl every 24 hours.
  • Watch the amount of white bubbles and foam on the surface of the water. It will reach its height on Day 3, and then gradually decrease.
  • Cook your beans when all or most of the bubbles have ceased, on Day 4, 5 or 6.
  • NOTE: Warm weather allows for a 4-day soak. In cooler weather, up to 6 days may be needed.
  • To cook, cover soaked beans by 2 inches with fresh water. Add sea salt, to taste.
    Slow-cooker: Cook on lowest heat for about 6 to 10 hours. (Safety note: If you are cooking kidney beans, cannellini beans or butter beans, boil them for 10 minutes before slow-cooking. This neutralizes a toxin called phytohemagglutinin which can cause digestive discomfort.)
    OR — For Instant Pot, use the Manual button, and cook on High heat for just 10 to 15 minutes for smaller beans, like lentils, or up to 45 minutes for larger beans, like kidney beans. Experiment to find the cooking time and amount of salt you like best.


The following nutritional data represents 1 cup of cooked dried beans. The net carbs for those on Keto or Low Carb diets varies with the type of bean, ranging between 11 and 22 grams for 1/2 cup. The high fiber in beans still makes them a good choice for low carb diets.


Serving: 1cup cooked dry beans | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 15.2g | Fat: 68g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 884mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 2.3g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 5.2mg