Nutritional Info

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 (0g)

Calories 0
Calories from Fat 0 (0%)
Amount Per Serving %DIV
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%

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Recipe Description
Starting with dried beans is easy, though time consuming. This recipe will take you step by step though the basic process of cooking beans.
Prep time
12 hr 20 min
Cook time
1 hr 20 min
Ready In
13 hr 40 min


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1 Cup(c)  beans, dried


Wash the beans very well in plenty of water. Look for and discard clumps of dirt and pebbles. (This is what is meant by "wash and pick over.") All beans, with the exception of lentils and split peas, should be soaked before cooking. This lessens the cooking time by at least 1 hour. To soak, put the beans in a bowl and cover with water by 2 inches. Discard beans that float to the surface. Let soak for 4 hours or up to 12. Beans that soak for a longer time might sprout. Or, use the quick soak method: Put the washed beans in a pot, cover with 2 inches of water, bring to a boil, then turn off the heat, cover, and let rest for 1 hour. This is the equivalent of a long cold soak. Regardless of which method you use, the beans, softened after absorbing the soak water, next need to be drained and rinsed. Put the soaked, drained beans in a pot and again cover by 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook beans for salads until their skins just begin to break and they are tender through to their centers but still retain their shape. Those intended for casseroles and stews may be cooked until a bean turns to soft mush when squeezed between the fingers. If a bean is cooked for a long time and still feels gritty when pressed, it is probably old. It is best to discard these and start over. In fact, cooking times for dried beans will vary with the age of the bean. Although dried beans look as if they will last forever, after a year of storage they lose both flavor and texture. On average, dried beans that have been properly soaked will take from 50 to 80 minutes to simmer until tender.

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