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Why do I need to drain and rinse the liquid from canned beans?

Why is it necessary to drain and rinse the liquid from chili or kidney beans? Can't the liquid be used in recipes?
Submitted by jackie_brandt

Hi Jackie! The cloudy liquid you find canned beans is mostly starch and salt that may change the texture or taste of a dish. Most of our recipes call for draining and rinsing the beans to remove the excess salt and starch and improve flavor. Draining and rinsing also removes the metallic flavor sometimes found in canned beans. If you're looking for quick chili recipe without a lot of extra steps, give this recipe a shot. It only has five ingredients!


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Draining the juice also helps to lessen the effect the beans have on causing gas. It REALLY does cut down on how much gas the beans cause in your system.
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