Does it matter when I add salt when cooking beans from scratch?

 

Beans take longer to cook in salted water. But oddly enough, according to Harold McGee,food scientist and author of Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Food and Recipes, salt in the pre-soaking liquid can actually hasten the later cooking process.

The bottom line: salt beans before, but not during cooking.

Marge Perry

January 2011