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How to Cook Dried Beans

Learn How to Cook Dried Beans the right way for maximum nutrition so that you can have these nutritious and convenient foods as a staple in your traditional foods pantry.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Soaking Time1 d
Total Time1 d 1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Beans, Soaked Beans
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mary's Nest


  • 2 cups Beans, dried
  • 10 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Fine ground sea salt, optional


  • Rinse beans well in a colander or strainer.
  • Pick over beans to remove any that are discolored. Also, remove any small stones or pebbles.
  • Put beans into a large pot.
  • Add 10 cups of water to the pot.
  • Soak beans for 12-48 hours. If soaking for 48 hours, change the water after 24 hours.
  • After beans have soaked, rinse well, and return to pot with a fresh 10 cups of water.
  • Bring the beans to a boil, then quickly reduce the heat to a medium simmer. (See "NOTES" below.)
  • Simmer the beans until tender. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the type of bean.
  • Once the beans are tender, remove the pot from the heat. If desired with the beans still in their cooking water, add the salt to the cooking water with the beans and stir to dissolve the salt. Allow the beans to sit in the salted water for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Drain the beans.
  • Cooked beans may be added to any dish, or kept refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Beans may also be frozen for 2-3 months.



IMPORTANT: If cooking kidney beans, bring beans up to a boil and boil for 10-15 minutes on high, then reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook until tender.
Additional Information: This is a VERY basic recipe to cook beans in the most versatile way as possible to make them suitable for any recipe that calls for beans. When you are cooking the beans, you can add additions such as a ham bone or onions if you want to obtain those types of flavors in your beans. However, I recommend avoiding adding salt at the cooking stage as it can extend the cooking time and cause the beans to be tough.
For measurements, 2 cups of dried beans are approximately 1 pound of beans.  For every pound of beans cooked, add 10 cups of water to the pot in which the beans are being cooked.
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