Pot of Beans
Here's a basic method for cooking beans. Soaking the beans is not required, but makes the beans cook faster and more evenly.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the beans in their cooking liquid for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
?To soak or not to soak? Soaking beans before cooking helps them to cook more evenly and cuts down on the total cooking time. So if you've planned ahead, soak them. If you don't have time, skip the soaking, but plan to cook the beans longer. Fresher beans, which are less dry, need less soaking time than beans that were harvested more than a year ago.
1 starch, 1 lean meat