Originally Posted by lovemore
We are on wic we get free dry beans but as I was reading the back package on how to prepare them, I was shocked to see that you have to cook them for TEN hours. Arent you spending more on electricity by the time you do that, then you would be on just buying canned beans?
Are you sure it was cook and not soak? Either you need to soak beans in unheated water for a certain number of hours (see bag for specifics) or you need to bring them to boiling for a couple of minutes then soak for about 1-2 hours.
Once you do either of the above, you can cook with them. Most bean recipes will be done in 60-90 minutes, although they can generally be held for a lot longer.
The cheap canned beans tend to be high in sodium and I always find they are pretty grossly mushy.