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How to Cook Dried Beans

Its true, you cant beat the convenience of canned beans.  But, making your own beans is really very simple.  Once you have the basics down, soaking and cooking, you can take a pot of plain beans in any direction you choose.   There are other ways to soften dried beans, but I get the best results this way.

2 cups dried beans – black, kidney, navy, pinto, garbanzo..any kind you choose, really.

Place them on a cookie sheet and give them a quick sort to remove any tiny stones or broken beans.

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Watch for (and remove!) the little stones hidden inside each bag of beans.  They can be a real party killer.  

Toss the beans in a colander under cool running water to rinse, then place in a bowl and add water to cover by 1 inch.   Remove and discard any beans that float.  Cover and let soak overnight.

Put beans and soaking liquid in pot.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer, partially covered, adding more water as necessary for several hours until beans are tender.  How long will depend on the type and age of the bean.  The older the beans, the longer they will take to soften.   Moe or less, allow from 1 – 3 hours.  Just be sure keep an eye on them while they simmer.

Once the beans are tender, you can spice them up any way you choose, including subbing them in any recipe that calls for canned beans, which means less sodium and NO Preservatives!!  Will keep 5 days, refrigerated.

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