Dried beans might seem intimidating, but they're actually not that hard to cook. Our bean cooking guide shows you how to cook them in your pressure cooker, slow cooker or in a regular pot. Why bother? Cooking your own dried beans helps you avoid the chemical BPA (bisphenol A), a so-called endocrine disruptor--it's used to make the resins in can linings, then leaches into food. As an added health bonus, when you cook dried beans you avoid the added sodium in most canned beans.

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