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How to Cook Dried Beans


Dried beans are cheap and versatile. Learn how to cook them, and enjoy countless tasty meals:

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varies by type of bean

Here’s How:

  1. Discard any beans that are shriveled and discolored, and remove any rocks or debris that may be present.
  2. Place the beans in a large pot, and cover with water.
  3. Let soak for eight hours or overnight.
  4. Drain the beans. 
  5. Then, pour them back into the pot, and cover with water again.
  6. Place the lid on the pot, and bring to a boil.
  7. 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.


  1. A heaping half-cup of dried beans is equal to one 15-ounce can of beans. More Dried Bean Measurements2
  2. 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
  3. Add salt only after the beans are fully cooked. Adding it sooner could prevent the beans from becoming tender
  4. Split peas and lentils do not need to be soaked prior to cooking

What You Need

  • A large pot
  • Dried beans
  • A colander
  • Water
  • A spoon for stirring

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