Saturday, September 23, 2006

How to Cook Dry Beans

I have never been able to cook dry beans successfully, but I found out how to do it today on Such Treasures. I am using the Quick Soak & Cook in One Day Method to make a pot of Great Northern Beans.

Put desired amount of dry beans in a large stockpot. Cover with filtered water that comes up two or three times as high as the dry beans.
Over high heat, bring the water and dry beans to a hard boil on the stove. Let it boil for 3 minutes. Turn off the stove. Cover the pot. Move the pot to a back burner and let it sit undisturbed for about 3 hours.
Drain beans and discard this quick soaking water. Fill the pot with fresh filtered water that covers the beans by 3 or 4 inches. Put the pot back on the burner and bring it to boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and let the beans simmer for 1 to 2 hours, until tender. Add water if necessary.
In this method, the cooking water may be used in the meal or discarded. Drain the beans and use in your meal or freeze for later use.

1 comment:

Susanne said...

I'll definitely give this a try! I love homemade beans of all sorts! I also like to season the beans as they cook with finely chopped onion and crushed garlic. Yum!