I have been buying 'Quick Soup Mix' in my local health food store for many years.
(Green split peas, Whole green lentils, Yellow split peas, Red split lentils, Pearl barley, Barley flakes)
The instructions always used to say, "just add to soups and stews". So I did.
Recently the instructions have changed to, "soak for 8-12 hours or overnight, drain, rinse thoroughly, boil for 10 minutes, then simmer for 40 minutes".
There are websites (see below) that suggest it's simply about digestibility. In which case, why does it say to 'rinse thoroughly'?
I know that red kidney beans and soya beans contain toxins that must be soaked and boiled out.
All this has lead to my question, is there a website that covers all edible beans and pulses, and which details how and why they must/should/can be prepared?