How to Soak and Cook Dry Beans

Dry Beans require an extra step of soaking before they can be cooked. Soaking creates a creamier finished product, reduces cook time and makes them easier to digest.

How to Soak Dry Beans:

  • Place dry beans in a large pot (beans with expand to three times their volume so give plenty of room). Cover beans with 2-3 inches of cold water. Soak for six hours to overnight before cooking.
  • Or if you don’t have 6 hours and want a quicker method, place pot on stove and bring them gently to a boil. Then turn off burner and remove pot from the heat. Allow them to remain in the water for 1 to 2 hours only.

How to Cook Dry Beans:

  1. Take pot of soaked beans and cover with 3 inches of water.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer until beans are softened and skin begins to peel when blown on. For King of Early beans this will take around 45 min. Add salt to taste.
  4. Use in recipe as directed.