Dry beans are so easy to cook, with a few tips (my earlier attempts proved horrible, but I have perfected the process) and can save you a lot of money, while you provide healthy nutritious beans to your family's diet. These tips are easy and only take a few minutes to do each step!
I have several crockpots, so I do bulk amount of beans, but if you only have one, this works great you will just need to do it more often… if you eat beans like we do!
Step 1: Fill your crockpot half way with the dry bean of your choice.
Step 2: Fill your crockpot to the top, with water. Soak the beans for 6-8 hours. I do this overnight!
Step 3: After the 6-8 hours, rinse the beans thoroughly. I drain them in a colander.
Step 4: Return the beans to the crockpot, adding water to the top.
Step 5: Cook on 8-10 hours on Low heat or 4-6 hours on high.
Step 6: Drain and returned to crockpot AFTER IT IS TURNED OFF to cool.
Step 7: Place beans in plastic bags that are labeled and freeze them.
To use the frozen beans, remove from freezer and place (still in freezer bags) in a bowl of cold water or place in the refrigerator a day before using. This is an easy way to save some great money on your food budget!