Making dried beans from scratch can seem overwhelming at first, but with a few simple tips, you can master this fundamental skill! This video demonstrates how to cook dried beans using the traditional four-step method: rinse, sort, soak, cook.
Cooking dried beans the traditional way involves soaking the beans overnight for 8-12 hours. Soaking times are the same for all beans (pinto, black, garbanzo, etc.), but cooking times will vary depending on the type of bean and intensity of heat.
You don’t have to refrigerate the beans overnight, although if you have kids or pets that like to eat things off of countertops, it wouldn’t hurt to put them in the fridge.
A few tips for soaking and cooking beans:
- Discard the soaking water before cooking
- Rinse the beans before and after soaking
- Once soaked, cook them long enough so that they’re no longer hard – this may help prevent digestive discomfort (1)
Once cooked, use the beans in this easy four bean chili recipe or this black bean corn salad recipe. Don’t have time to soak them overnight? Check out how to cook dried beans using the quick-soak method!