Preparing Soy Beans

Overview

Not only do soybeans grow readily in any sunny growing area, when you harvest soybeans you will have a healthy, natural food packed with nutrients that can greatly improve your health. According to The World's Healthiest Foods, soybeans are an ideal source of protein, isoflavones, fiber and essential fatty acids. In fact, the protein content in soybeans makes these vegetables a quality replacement for meats in your diet. Soybeans also help to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and they help improve breast cancer rates in women past menopause. After cooking soybeans, add them to a variety of different savory dishes.

Step 1

Spread the dry soybeans out in a single layer on the baking sheet. Look over all of the soybeans to find inferior beans and foreign debris mixed in with the beans. Discard the inferior beans and debris that you find.

Step 2

Place the soybeans into the colander, and rinse them well under cool water. Pour the beans into the large pot.

Step 3

Add 3 cups of water for each cup of soybeans. Bring the beans and water to a full boil, and then remove the beans from the heat. Cover the pot, and allow the soybeans to sit for two hours.

Step 4

Drain the beans, and add 3 cups of water or broth for each cup of soybeans. Boil the beans again, and then turn the heat down so the beans simmer gently.

Step 5

Simmer the beans for one to two hours. Remove the soybeans from the heat when they are tender. Add them to your recipe to finish preparing your dish.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not season the soybeans until they finish cooking because many seasonings will result in hard soybeans and a longer cooking period.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking sheet
  • Colander
  • Large pot
  • Broth (optional)
  • Stove top

References

  • The World's Healthiest Foods: Soybeans
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