Cooked Dry Beans Recipe

In this post, you'll learn how to cook dry beans. Dried beans are easy to store but many people are hesitant to buy them because they're not sure how to prepare the beans. This easy dry beans recipe makes it easy to cook dried black beans, dried pinto beans, dried kidney beans and more. We have also included an easy refried beans recipe and a red beans and rice recipe!



2 cups beans
5 cups water
ham bone (optional)
1 onion (optional)
2 tsp. salt


Wash and drain beans. Put beans, water, ham bone, and onion, if desired, into a large pan and bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour.

Add salt. Cover and boil gently 1½ -2 hours or until tender. Add more water during cooking if needed. Makes 5 cups cooked beans.


Dry Beans Quick Prep Tips

Soak any kind of dry beans overnight. Drain. Freeze beans in 2 to 4 cup portions.

To prepare: Cook beans in boiling water for 20 minutes. They will soften very easily if they are frozen first.

To help with unpleasant bean side effects, you can rinse the beans after soaking and add ½ teaspoon baking soda when cooking the dry beans.

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