How to Use Dry Beans Without Soaking Overnight

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For vegetarians and individuals living on a budget, beans make an ideal source of protein. Using dried beans, as opposed to canned, adds flavor while reducing the amount of sodium and the cost. Familiarizing yourself with the basic methods of cooking dried beans opens up a huge variety of dishes because these legumes are largely interchangeable. The cooking methods are the same, but the flavor is entirely different. There are three basic ways of preparing dried beans without soaking them overnight first.

Things You'll Need

  • Colander
  • 1 lb. dried beans
  • Water
  • Large pot with lid
  • Salt
  • Place your dried beans in the colander. Wash them under cold water and pick out any discolored or split beans. Dump the beans in a pot and add water. The water level should reach 2 inches above the beans. Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Boil the beans for two minutes. Turn off the stove, cover the pot and let the beans soak. After two hours, drain the beans. Add more water and bring it back to a boil. Reduce the heat so that the beans simmer. Check the beans after 10 minutes. When they start to become tender, add a dash of salt. Depending on the type of bean, it can take 10 to 30 minutes for the beans to finish cooking.

  • Wash and pick over your dried beans. Place them in a pot and add enough water to cover the beans by at least 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil on the stove. Reduce the heat and let the beans simmer. Every 10 minutes, stir the beans. Once the beans become slightly tender, add a dash of salt. Cooking times vary depending on the type of bean. Lentils take approximately 20 minutes while chick peas take three to four hours.

  • Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and pick over your dried beans. Place them in an oven-proof pot and add enough water to cover the beans by at least 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil. Place a lid on the pot and set the pot in the oven. After 45 minutes, stir the beans and taste them. If they are slightly tender, add salt. If they are still hard, check them every five minutes, adding the salt when they become tender. Most beans will be completely cooked after 75 minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't add salt until the beans are almost done cooking. Adding salt too early causes the beans to break apart and take on a gritty texture.
  • If you tend to experience gas when you eat beans, use the first cooking method. Draining the beans after they've briefly soaked will make them easier to digest.
  • Keep an eye on the water level as your beans cook. Add more water if necessary.

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