Soaking and Cooking Instructions

Many people avoid using dry beans because of the lack of time.  In reality the actual “hands-on” time is only minutes.  Beans in their natural state are the healthiest for you.

All you need to do is plan ahead for a time to soak and cook the beans.

There are two basic steps to cooking CO-OP ELEVATOR® dry beans.  They are soaking and cooking.

Soaking allows the beans to absorb water.  The beans will double in size.

Cooking the beans makes them digestible.

Once the beans become tender, drain and use in recipes.   If you want to use them later, immerse them in cold water until cool, drain well and freeze in 1 to 2 cup packages.  They can also be refrigerated for a few days prior to use.

SOAKING AND COOKING PROCEDURES

TRADITIONAL METHOD

OVERNIGHT SOAK:  1 lb of CO-OP ELEVATOR® dry beans and 6 cups of water are left to soak overnight (6 to 8 hours).  The following day the beans are drained and then placed in a pot.  10 cups of cool water are added to the pot.  The beans are brought to a boil and then reduced to simmer for 1 hour.

ALTERNATIVE QUICKER METHODS

HOT SOAK:  1 lb of CO-OP ELEVATOR® dry beans and 6 cups of water are added to a pot.  The beans are brought to a boil.  They are left for 2 minutes to cook in boiling water.  The beans are then removed from the heat and left in the water for 1 hour, covered.  The beans are then returned to the stove and cooked at a simmer for 1 hour.

1 HOUR COOKED-COVERED: 1 lb of CO-OP ELEVATOR® dry beans and 10 cups of water are added to a pot.  The beans are brought to a boil and then reduced to simmer.  The beans cook at a simmer, covered, for 1 hour.

COLD SOAK/1 HOUR COOK:  1 lb of CO-OP ELEVATOR® dry beans and 6 cups of cold water are added to a pot.  The beans soak in the water for 1 hour and are then dried and rinsed.  The beans are added back into the dry pot and 10 cups of cold water are added.  The beans are brought to boil and then reduced to a simmer, cooking for 1 hour.

CO-OP ELEVATOR® DRY BEAN COOKING TIPS

Do not add salt or acidic ingredients such as vinegar, tomatoes or tomato juice during the cooking process.  Add these ingredients once the beans are tender.

Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork.  Test several beans to make sure that have cooked evenly.

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