How to Prepare and Cook Dried Beans
Prepare the Beans
Sort through the beans, removing any misshaped beans and small pebbles. Rinse beans thoroughly in cold water.
Soak the Beans
For every 1 pound of C&F Foods dry beans, soak in 6 to 8 cups of water in large pot. Bring beans and water to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let sit for about 2 hours. Drain and rinse with fresh water. Cook beans as desired for recipe.
For every 1 pound of C&F Foods dry beans, soak in 6 to 8 cups of water in large pot. Let stand overnight in refrigerator, drain and rinse with fresh water. Cook beans as desired for recipe.
Add 6 to 8 cups of water to 1 pound rinsed and soaked beans. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, 1 to 2 hours. Cooking times depend on the type of bean. Please refer to our package directions for suggested time.
General Dry Bean Yields
Cooking yields depend on the type of bean. Please refer to our package directions for details.
1 pound dry beans = about 2 cups dry beans
1 pound dry beans = 6 to 7 cups cooked beans, drained
1 cup dry beans (most) = 3 cups cooked beans
1/3 cup dry beans = 1 cup cooked beans
1 pound dry beans makes about 10 servings
Substitute 3/4 cup dry beans (about 1 1/2 cups cooked) for one 14- to 16-ounce can of beans
Bean Preparation Tips and Suggestions
– If adding salt, add once the beans are almost tender to avoid toughening the skins and slowing the cooking time.
– Difference in altitude, hardness of water, and product moisture may change the suggested cooking time.
– Beans can be cooked in large quantities and refrigerated or frozen for later use.
– Pressure cookers can cut cooking time in a third! Soaked beans can be cooked and on the table in 30 minutes.
– Add flavor boosters to the cooking water like carrots, celery, garlic, onion, or bay leaves.