Measure your peas and beans into FIVE containers (I use zip-lock baggies).
None of these need refrigeration.
Leave your Fava Beans in their original packaging until you are ready to cook them. Because these were frozen and then thawed, they need to be kept refrigerated until you are ready to cook them.
The best method for re-hydrating dried beans, recommended by the California Dry Bean Advisory Board, is a hot soak.
Bring to a full boil 2-3 times the amount of filtered or distilled water as beans. Add one to two teaspoons of kosher salt to help the beans absorb water.
Add your Container One (Kidney Beans) beans once the water has achieved a full boil and boil up to three or four minutes.
DO NOT DRAIN!!! If you drain now, you will just have to heat up another batch of water. That is why this is called a HOT soak! This will remove up to 90% of the indigestible sugars that cause stomach cramps and gas. Nutrients and proteins, however, will NOT be lost when you drain the water off.
Take the beans off the heat and cover. Let rest in the hot salt water for FIVE HOURS. The five hour soak for the kidney beans is to help deactivate the toxin it contains, phytohaemagglutinin.
Once you've started the kidney beans in their hot soak, repeat your preparations for the Container Two beans (garbanzo). Let these rest in the hot salt water for FOUR HOURS.
By starting the kidney beans before the garbanzos, your total prep time will not exceed five hours by very much. Unfortunately, someone has to stay home and monitor these, replenishing them with boiling water periodically to maintain the benefits of the hot soak.
(If your container loses too much heat, drain the water out and replenish with freshly boiled, filtered or distilled water. Check at least once or twice an hour.)
Now drain and rinse beans thoroughly, then set aside. Keep them separate, as the kidney beans will need to be cooked a little differently.
Bring to a full boil 2-3 times the amount of filtered or distilled water as black-eyed peas. Salt is optional. Add Container Two beans once the water has achieved a full boil and boil four minutes, then drain, rinse and set aside.
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