Rather than going through all of this, just rinse your dry beans and throw 'em in your slow cooker with water and other flavorings. Leave on low while you're at work (~8 hours) and come home to nicely cooked beans. Easy peasy...
From EatingWell: Winter 2004
By cooking your own dried beans, you save money, reduce sodium and get better flavor along with, surprisingly, more vitamins and minerals. If you can't use the whole batch, freeze surplus cooked beans for later use in soups, salads and dips. The range of time for cooking beans is wide and varies with the age and the type of beans selected.
10 Reviews for Slow-Cooked Beans
This works great for black beans...tried it today. But don't you need to boil both red and white kidney beans to get rid of the toxin that's in them?
Does this recipe work for chickpeas/garbanzo beans as well?
generally slow cookers are for one pot meals that you can throw together and cook while away. The cooking time is from 2 to 3 1/2 hours, so you must be nearby while cooking. why not just use a pot on the stove?