Post # 1
Hey so I almost never cook (ugh). I need some quick answers as I’m in the midst of putting together this recipe http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-white-chicken-chili-114789 . So, do I need to drain any of the canned stuff (beans, corn, etc). I know it doesn’t say to but I literally have no idea what I’m doing
Post # 4
@Sb91: It doesn’t say, so it’s understandable that you’re confused. If it helps, I never drain anything when I’m making chili, but I’ve never made white chili before.
ETA: definitely drain the corn. Canned corn just comes in a bunch of water, and you don’t need that. The beans are up to you, depends on whether you want the syrupy stuff in the chili. I personally don’t drain beans when making chili, but again, I’ve never made white chili.
Post # 5
If you’re making chili do not drain the beans. You need the liquid from them otherwise your chili will have the consistency of a rock.
Post # 6
@Sb91: In this receipe, I would say drain. You have chicken broth, which should provide you with liquid you need for the recipe. It probably wouldn’t be a big deal if you didn’t, but you would end up with runny chilli.
Post # 7
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@Sb91: I agree with PP, because you are adding broth, drain
Post # 8
Yes, drain them. There is more than enough liquid in that recipe.
Post # 9
If you don’t drain, let it cook down to your desired consistency (without a lid). If you do drain, then just cook the normal amount of time.
Post # 10
@Sb91: Yes, drain and rinse off the beans. They come with this gloppy stuff in the can that just doesn’t seem appetizing. The corn you can just drain, I wouldn’t bother rinsing it.
Post # 11
I am not keen on things foaming, so I not only drain beans, but rinse them, and add water in to replace the liquid the beans were in.
Basically, they are rich in stuff called saponin, which foams like soap, and that leaches into the can water. It isn’t something that will hurt you, I just don’t like the look of it, so I remove it.
All the liquids canned foods are stored in are fine to consume, it comes down to preference.
Post # 12
Okay so based on feedback I decided to not drain the beans, but I think I will drain the corn and chilies? I also decided to cut the chicken up before putting in the crock pot instead of separating it at the end. Hopefully this doesn’t mess anything up. Although I’ve heard it’s hard to mess up a crock put recipe.
Post # 13
i wouldn’t have drained anything – in my experience it usually tells you to drain things.
I never rinse or drain beans for chili, helps make it thick. Corn doesn’t usually have much liquid at all.
Post # 14
You could drain or not drain, personal preference. Usually I try to drain and rinse beans because the liquid they are canned in is usually high in starch and salt, so if you are wanting to reduce salt intake you can drain it. Some recipes specify not to drain the liquid because it thickens the dish.
Post # 15
I always drain and rinse any canned food — good way to reduce the sodium and get rid of anything that might have leached in from the can/lining etc
Post # 16
I make a close version of that all the time and I always drain the beans – you have more than enough liquid from the chicken stock.