Master Bean Recipe


1 lb. of beans

8 hours soak time with room temperature water (discard water after soaking)

1 hour cook time


Master Recipe for Cooking Beans

1 lb. of beans=2 cups

1 cup dry=3 cups cooked


Rinse beans in cold, running water in a fine sieve. Discard any small stones or discolored beans. Soak beans in water at least 8 hours or overnight.

Drain beans and discard the soaking water. Rinse the beans again.

In a large saucepan or medium-sized stockpot, bring stock or un-salted and seasoned water to a boil with the beans.

When it has reached a high boil, skim the surface of the beans with a ladle to remove any foam.

Let the beans cook at a high boil for about three minutes, skimming any foam as it rises. Turn the heat down and cover with a lid tipped slightly to allow some steam to escape.

In the last ten minutes of cooking, add a few pinches of salt (taste the water; it should be salty but not overly so.)

Alternately, cook your beans, covered, in an oven at 325 F. Cook until tender, about 45 minutes to an hour.

Yield: 3 cups beans.