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*Lentils don't have to be soaked beforehand.
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Tips for cooking '''beans''' in a solar cooker:
   
* Blackeyed beans (cowpeas, niébé): one hour soaking is enough to solar cook them in the [[CooKit]]. This is what I learned from [[AFIMA]] (Associatrion des Femmes Ingénieurs du Mali) partners of [[KoZon]] in [[Mali]]. If you soak them longer they get blubby.
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* While most foods can be cooked in either [[box cookers]] or [[panel cookers]] without turning the cooker to follow the sun, beans require the cooker to be turned at least once.
   
* Kidney beans and other dried pulses should be soaked overnight.
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* Kidney beans and most other dried pulses should be soaked overnight.
   
One important piece of advise: Don't put salt in when soaking as salt extracts water from the beans.
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* Lentils don't have to be soaked beforehand.
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* Blackeyed beans (cowpeas, niébé): one hour soaking is enough to solar cook them in the [[CooKit]]. This was reported by [[Association des Femmes Ingénieurs du Mali]] (AFIMA) partners of [[KoZon]] in [[Mali]]. If you soak them longer they get blubby.
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* Don't put salt in when soaking as salt extracts water from the beans.
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* Under a blue sky all the pulses cooked in a CooKit are ready in 3 - 4 hours.
   
Under a blue sky all the pulses cooked in a CooKit are ready in 3 - 4 hours.
 
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean#Toxins Some beans contain toxins that are only neutralized by boiling]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean#Toxins Some beans contain toxins that are only neutralized by boiling]
 
 
[[Category:Foods requiring special handling]]
 
[[Category:Foods requiring special handling]]

Revision as of 14:56, October 1, 2009

Tips for cooking beans in a solar cooker:

  • While most foods can be cooked in either box cookers or panel cookers without turning the cooker to follow the sun, beans require the cooker to be turned at least once.
  • Kidney beans and most other dried pulses should be soaked overnight.
  • Lentils don't have to be soaked beforehand.
  • Don't put salt in when soaking as salt extracts water from the beans.
  • Under a blue sky all the pulses cooked in a CooKit are ready in 3 - 4 hours.


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