Cooking Basics for Dried Beans

Dried beans are part of every well-stocked pantry. Here are some basic cooking tips:

  • If you buy fresh dried beans (beans under two years old), no soaking is needed prior to cooking.
  • Soaking beans overnight will speed up the cooking time. No need to change the water — the soaking water now contains vitamins and flavor — don’t throw it out.
  • One cup of dried beans makes about three cups of cooked beans. 1 lb. of beans yields 6 cups of beans.
  • Do not add salt to the beans until after they are cooked to prevent the skins from splitting.
  • Store dry beans in a cool place in a glass jar with a lid or other airtight container. They will be good for about two years. Older beans are still edible, but the quality and nutritional value decline.
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