RE: Hi All
Posted Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 6:15 PM
Jasmine, I don't know about the coldsores, but it's probably coincidence. I can't think of any reason why beans, fruits, veggies or whole grains would aggravate them. Unless maybe your new diet is stressing you out a little. I bet they'll get better.
Re: beans--are you salting the water? That can prevent beans (and lentils, split peas, etc.) from getting tender. Don't put salt, soy sauce, or salty seasonings in the water until after the beans have gotten soft. Same goes for tomatoes, tomato juice or anything else acidic.
I soak the beans 6-8 hours or overnight (you can do them up to 24, no problem), rinse, boil in fresh water, and depending on the bean they take 1-1.5 hours.
I used to try the "quick soak" method, of boiling them for 30 minutes, then soaking for 1-2 hours, then cooking again. I didn't find that to be as foolproof though.
Beans freeze well, or keep in the fridge for about a week, so if it's a time constraint, you can do them ahead.
Hope that helps. I think I need to go put some black beans on to soak right now.