How Long to Cook Beans - Different Bean Varieties
Long Time to Cook Beans!
Most dried beans require a rather lengthy time to make. However, many kinds can vary cooking times somewhat.
Here is some basic information regarding many different kinds of dried beans and just how much time they require to make. Keep in mind that if the beans are old, they may take longer to cook properly, or may not turn out right regardless of how long you cook them.
A Few Bean Cooking Tips
Be sure to rinse the beans very well before soaking, as they often
contain bits of dirt or gravel in them. Also, remove loose skins and any
beans that look bad- like they are badly wrinkled or have brown spots
or holes in them. Also, strain the beans after soaking and add clean
water to the beans when you begin cooking them.
If you live in an area with hard water, it is suggested to add about a tablespoon of baking soda to the soaking water. Hard water will increase the cooking time of beans quite a bit. Adding baking soda counteracts this problem pretty well. Even so, adjusting cooking times a bit longer may be needed if you have hard water.
Also, if you live at an altitude above 2000 feet or so, the bean cooking times will be significantly greater, sometimes even doubled. If that is the case, you might want to consider cooking beans in a pressure cooker.
How to Soak Beans Before Cooking
Soaking will lessen the actual cook times considerably for all dried
bean types. The two main simple procedures for soaking beans are:
Prolonged Soaking Process:
Just add enough water to completely cover the dried beans. Soak them through the night (at least 8 hours). Don't soak the beans for much more time. They may soak up excessive liquid. This can cause the beans to be mushy and bland tasting. If you soak dried beans and then need to put off making them, drain the beans. Keep inside refrigerator until you are ready to finish making them.
Quick Soaking Process:
The next procedure is a bit faster and won't need too much preparing. Place the beans into a big soup pot, add water and bring to a rolling boil. Allow the water boil for approximately two minutes, and then remove from burner. Let beans soak, covered, for around one hour.
How Much Water Do I Need to Cook Beans?
All of the beans have the identical water and beans proportions. They
One pound of unsoaked beans should cook in about five quarts
water. A single pound of soaked beans should cook in at least four quarts of
water. A pound of dried beans will make about 8 cups of prepared beans.
How Long to Cook Beans
Making the Dried beans
Whenever you make dried beans, bring the water and beans to a rolling boil using a large pot. Then add a lid. Lower heat to a slow simmer throughout the rest of the cooking time.
Here are the cooking times for different dried beans:
Black Beans Soaked - 2 hours Unsoaked- 2 1/2 hours
Blackeyed Peas Soaked- 1 hour Unsoaked- 1 1/2 hours
Chickpeas Soaked- 2 hours Unsoaked- 2 1/2 hours
Great Northern Beans Soaked- 1 hour Unsoaked- 1 1/2 hours
Kidney Beans Soaked- 1 hour Unsoaked- 1 1/2 hours
Lentils Unsoaked- 30 min (Lentils don't need presoaking)
Lima beans Soaked- 1 hour Unsoaked- 1 1/2 hours
Navy Beans Soaked- 1 hour Unsoaked- 1 1/2 hours
Pinto Beans Soaked- 1 hour Unsoaked- 1 1/2 hours