Preparing Dry Beans: Quick Soak

Today I used dry beans for the first time.  I usually buy cans of beans but I had bought these a while ago to try it and just never had because it seemed like it would be difficult.  As it turns out, it's just time consuming.  The bag I had gave directions for soaking them overnight and also for doing a quick version on the stove.  I did the quick version.  Duh.

The first thing you are supposed to do is rinse the dry beans and "sort" them.  I'm not really sure what I was supposed to be looking for but I thought these two little weirdos were worthy of being sorted out into the trash.

1 pound of beans plus 10 cups of water

I'm not sure what I was expecting but I was surprised when the beans started floating as the water heated up.  Ha ha!

Let it boil for 2 minutes.

Once it's boiled for 2 minutes, take the pot off the heat, cover it and let it sit for an hour.

This is what it looks like after an hour.

Drain and rinse.  The beans were definitely moisturized at this point.  The bag also has cooking instructions that are meant to be followed after the beans soak so that they can get to a point for eating.  I didn't follow that part because these were destined for a big pot of chili and I figured the three or more hours they'd cook in that would be enough.

Has anyone ever done this the overnight way?


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