How to Cook Dried Beans
Beans and legumes vary in their cooking times and their yields.
Generally, most red beans are done in about 25 minutes, while longer-cooking beans, like black beans, can take up to 2 hours to cook. To reduce cooking time it is highly suggested that your soak your beans over night.
Over Night Soaking Method:
Step One: pick through the dry beans and discard any shriveled beans or stones the rinse using a colander.
Step Two: Soak the beans in water over night (cover with at least 3 inches of water)
Step: In the morning, drain off the soaking water and transfer the beans
to a pot.
Step Four: Again cover the beans with fresh water (about three inches over the top of the beans), bring to a boil, and then lower the heat and cook at a simmer until they are tender. (see chart below for estimated cooking times and remember that soaking over night mean you may not need to cook as long as indicated in the chart)
Don’t worry about using soaked beans right away. If you don’t have the time to cook them yet simply change the soaking water and place in the fridge for up to another 2 days. Change the water everyday.
Quick Soaking Method:
Place the dried beans and enough water to cover them in a pot. Bring the
beans and water to a boil, turn off the heat, and let them sit for an 30 minutes to an hour Drain off the water, add enough fresh water to cover them by 3 inches, and bring the pot to a boil again. Cook the beans until they are tender.