I find I don't get good results if I don't soak overnight. I also don't add salt until the end. If you are continuing to get poor results in the crock, maybe try a pressure cooker? I love mine for cooking beans - it really cuts the time down & if you cook a whole bunch @ once, you get good results. Cooking small batches results in mushy beans, but a pressure cooker 2/3 full results in great beans in record time.
3/26/09 at 1:03pm