How To Cook Dry Beans
There are several accepted ways of preparing dry beans for cooking. All start with a thorough washing in cold water and inspection for damaged beans and foreign material. If you have time to cook the variety you have chosen until it reaches the desired tenderness, soaking is not essential. However, most cooks prefer some method of soaking to shorten cooking time and to improve either flavor, texture, appearance or digestibility. In either of the soaking methods below, it is recommended that the soaking water be discarded and the beans rinsed and cooked in fresh water.
Be sure pot is large enough to allow beans to expand 2-1/2 times.
Cooking time will range from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on variety of bean.