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#1 of 11 Old 09-28-2007, 05:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I made a big pot of white beans for dinner, and I think I accidentally salted them twice. They taste WAY too salty to eat. I added a little vinegar to offset the saltiness, but it didn't help much. I'm out of potatoes or else I'd throw a few of those in. I'm seriously bummed out, because this is TWO POUNDS worth of dried beans. I was planning on freezing some for later, so hopefully I can salvage them.

I was planning on serving them with cornbread tonight.
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Can you drain and rinse them?

I'd saute some garlic, chopped onions and sliced carrots in the pot, then add the cleaned off beans back to the pot with some fresh water.

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Bread to soak up some juice?

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^ what Lisa49 said.
I oversalted a massive casserole batch once, and I'm afraid it was beyond help, but I would definitely try and rinse beans off. You have nothing to lose.
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i heard that throwing in a whole peeled raw potato will absorb some salt
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Even of no method of toning down the salt works for tonight's dinner, you can still freeze them in several small containers and add them into future batches of unsalted beans.

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Rinse away! Let us know how it turned out.

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i heard that throwing in a whole peeled raw potato will absorb some salt

Yep... works like a charm

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Yeah, I normally would have done the potato thing, but like I said in my first post, I'm out of potatoes. :

I tried the rinsing thing (great idea I though!), but they were SOOOO salty even rinsing did no good. I'm going to do as Ms. B. Sprout suggested and freeze to add to UNsalty dishes (I'm thinking they'd be good in minestrone)

Thanks for the help everyone! My family is enjoying the ever-so healthy Papa John's for dinner tonight.
(truth be told, the kiddos are probably enjoying that more than they would the beans and cornbread! )
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On top chef they said to add a little vinegar when something is too salty. Or was that too sweet...
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Yeah, just freeze them and add them to soups.
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