I love this method for cooking dried beans. Every time I soak beans overnight, with the intention of cooking them the next day, something always comes up and the soaked beans never get cooked!
- Place dried beans in a colander. Rinse under cold water while picking out any shrivelled beans or tiny stones.
- Place beans in a pot and cover them with boiling water (2 inches above the level of the beans). Cover and let stand for 1-2 hours. The beans are done soaking when they’ve doubled in size and are moist all the way through (bite into the bean to check).
- Drain beans, discarding the soaking liquid.
- Place beans back in the pot and cover them with cold water (2 inches above the level of the beans). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until the beans are tender. Check every 30 minutes for doneness (smaller beans will take less time to cook than larger ones). Gently cook until you like the way they taste. If necessary, add more water.