(Closed) Possibly a stupid questions about this recipe!!

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Drain it all!

Post # 4
840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
2977 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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
1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

@Sb91:  I agree with PP, because you are adding broth, drain

Post # 8
14702 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yes,  drain them.  There is more than enough liquid in that recipe. 

Post # 9
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@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
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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 # 13
12103 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
433 posts
Helper bee

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.

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