How to prepare white beans

How to prepare white beans
When you want to use white beans in a recipe, most of the time you use dried beans.

They're handy, but they're hard and not easy to use, but don't worry, in this recipe you'll see how to prepare and cook them.
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Last modified on: August 16th 2023

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For 500 g, you will need:
  • 1 white haricot beans 500 g white haricot beans
  • 2 coarse salt 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 3 Bicarbonate of (baking) soda ½ teaspoon Bicarbonate of (baking) soda (optional)
  • Total weight: 530 grams

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How long does it take?
Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
12 hours 2 min.15 min.12 hours 17 min.
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Stage 1 - 12 hours
How to prepare white beans
Pour 500 g white haricot beans into a bowl, and cover with plenty of cold water.

Leave overnight to soften.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
How to prepare white beans
The next day, drain and rinse under cold water.

Stage 3 - 15 min.
How to prepare white beans
Pour the beans into a large saucepan over medium heat, cover with plenty of cold water, add 2 tablespoons coarse salt and if possible ½ teaspoon Bicarbonate of (baking) soda and bring to the boil.
At first, a foam may form on the surface - this is normal - skim off the foam and discard.

Continue cooking, covered, until the beans are tender, then turn off the heat.

Stage 4
How to prepare white beans
Drain the beans, they are ready to be used in your recipe.
You'll notice that the beans take quite a long time to cook, but if you add a little baking soda in step 3, which tenderizes the bean skin, the cooking time is much reduced.
Several days in the fridge, protected by cling film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
680 Kcal or 2,847 Kj45 gr120 gr2 gr
34 %17 %11 %<1 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
128 Kcal or 536 Kj8 gr23 gr< 1 gr
6 %3 %2 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 500 g : 2.58 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
White haricot beansWhite haricot beans: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Cassoulet-style shepherd's pie., White bean gratin "à l'italienne", Warm haricot bean salad, Minestrone, Paimpol salad, ... All
Coarse saltCoarse salt: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Foie gras cured in salt, How to prepare broccoli, Mackerel rillettes, How to prepare endives , Fish in a salt crust, ... All
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