Here's short recipe: don't pour the broth left from cooking dried beans down the drain. Strain it, then use it in place of egg whites to whip into meringues, sandwich cookies, chocolate mousse, frosting, mayonnaise and more. You could use the liquid from canned chickpeas, but home-made aquafaba is cheaper and has other benefits. Get the full, still-short recipe below.
Organic Aquafaba from Dried Beans
Active time: 15 minutes. Total time: 5 to 16 hours depending on soaking period for beans. Makes about 1 1/2 cups aquafaba and 6 1/2 cups chickpeas or 5 cups black beans.
- 1 pound dried chickpeas or black beans (454 grams) (Try other beans too, especially white beans and butter beans.)
- 5 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pick through the dried beans and rinse very well. After all, you will be eating the liquid! Add water and salt, soak for two to twelve hours, and cook until tender. (I've tried skipping the soaking step but found that the resulting aquafaba didn't whip up as well.) If the beans start to surface, add enough water to barely cover them. Check out one of the first Cook for Good videos for details and to see some of the benefits of cooking dried beans. The cost differences have changed a little as you can see in my 2016 price update.
- When beans are tender, carefully pour cooking liquid through a sieve into a container. I put a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup in the sink and aim for that. Any splashes clean up in a snap.
- Check the thickness of your aquafaba if you got more than 2 cups of liquid from a pound of beans. It should be a little goopy when chilled, like a raw flaxseed egg or the goopy liquid in canned beans. If your aquafaba is watery, boil it uncovered until some of the water goes away as steam. Save the beans for other recipes.
- If your recipe calls for whipping the aquafaba, chill it first to cut the whipping time. I chill the bowl and whisk too.
- Unwhipped aquafaba keeps refrigerated for seven days and frozen for a year. Try freezing it in ice-cube trays and then popping cubes into a freezer-safe bag.
- Put your aquafaba to use with my recipes for Aquafaba Lemon Meringues and Cocoa Aquafaba Meringue Cookies with Peanut-Butter Filling.
- Learn more about the origins of aquafaba and the relative advantages of using chickpeas or black beans and canned or home-made aquafaba on my blog post here.
- Marvel at what people all over the world are doing with aquafaba and add your own contributions on the official aquafaba Facebook page: Vegan Meringues -- Hits and Misses. If you don't use Facebook, check out the official Aquafaba website.