How to Cook Dried Beans
Dried beans are cheap and versatile. Learn how to cook them, and enjoy countless tasty meals:
Time Required: Varies by type of bean
- Discard any beans that are shriveled and discolored, and remove any rocks or debris that may be present.
- Place the beans in a large pot, and cover with water.
- Let soak for eight hours or overnight.
- Drain the beans.
- Then, pour them back into the pot, and cover with water again.
- Place the lid on the pot, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat; and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender. The amount of time this takes will depend on the type of bean that you’re cooking.
- A heaping half-cup of dried beans is equal to one 15-ounce can of beans. More Dried Bean Measurements2
- If you like the ease of canned beans, cook up a large batch of dried beans; divide them into pint-sized freezer jars; and stick them in your freezer. They’ll be ready to go whenever you need a quick meal
- Add salt only after the beans are fully cooked. Adding it sooner could prevent the beans from becoming tender
- Split peas and lentils do not need to be soaked prior to cooking
What You Need
- A large pot
- Dried beans
- A colander
- A spoon for stirring