Dried Bean Cooking Instructions

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Quick soak: After rinsing and sorting dry beans, place beans in a large pot with 3 cups of water for every cup of dry beans. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let sit for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans.

Slow soak: After rinsing and sorting dry beans, place in a large pot with 3 cups of water for every cup of dry beans. Let sit overnight or 6-8 hours. Drain and rinse beans.

Cooking: In large pot, add 3 cups of water for every cup of dry beans. Bring to a boil; simmer with lid tilted until tender, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork or between two fingers.

Cooked beans should be refrigerated or frozen. A cup of dry beans equals 3 cups of cooked beans.

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preparing beans

Your recipe for preparing beans doesn't mention if the beans are dehydrated or instant. Obviously, they are not instant.


Pressure Cooker

A small pressure cooker is a great investment if you use dried beans. You can go from soaked beans to dinner in a half hour and the final product is superior to beans done in the crock pot... not that I don't love my crock pot too.


Do you put your beans in dry in the pressure cooker? I have boiled them for 2 minutes and then let sit for 1 hour. while during that hour I prepare other stuff; corn bread, salad and dessert. Then, depending on the bean, I set the timer for 9 minutes and it is done.

using old beans

I know I read a way to refresh old dried beans. I believe you had to soak with 3/8 teaspoonn of 'something' and I can't recall what to soak the beans in! Thank you for any help on this matter.

Baking soda

Baking soda

Baking soda

You're talking about baking soda. I'm not sure why or what it does, but it's recommended.

Dried bean cooking

I cook my dried beans in the crock pot. I start them early in the morning before I leave for work ,I put 5 cups beans in a 5-6 quart pot, put meat and seasoning, fill the pot the rest of the way with water. cook them on high all day and they are done when we get home for dinner.

If you need to add water, only add Hot water.

cooking dry beans

In your instructions on cooking dry beans you give two methods of soaking the beans and then instructions on cooking the beans.
In the cooking comment you say to put 3 cups of water for each cup of DRY beans. Does this mean that the soaking instructions are for some other purpose? I don't understand.

After the beans are done

After the beans are done soaking, drain the water, rinse, and then add fresh water for cooking. If you soaked one cup of the dried beans, then add 3 cups of fresh water to cook them. When the beans are soaked, they swell and measure much more than just one cup. Hence, add the water for cooking according to what the beans measured when they were dry (before soaking). Hope that makes sense.