If you're here for tips to cooking beans without a pressure cooker, this means you are likely pretty new to cooking beans overall.
So you have probably been getting your beans pre-made from a can and have come to realize that they're not only more expensive, but they are not as healthy (usually) because they contain lots of excess sodium you don't need.
Plus, there have been some concerns about the BPA found in canned stuff, but as you will see from this video over at NutritionFacts.org, the jury is still out on exactly how harmful it really is.
Plus, if you forget to rinse your beans that come out of can? Look out, world! Can you say gastro-intestinal difficulties? Yikes.
Anyway, I am very proud of you for wanting to learn how to do it yourself. I promise you will be amaaazed at how much better fresh beans taste. In fact, there really is no comparison to those out of a can. Good job.
Although cooking beans from scratch in a pressure cooker takes a FRACTION of the time and actually helps retain more nutrients, you might not own one yet. So here are some simple directions for how to cook beans without a pressure cooker using a regular pot on the stovetop.
Okay, let's get started...
All of the above measurements and cooking times are based on PRE-SOAKING your beans overnight (at least 8 hours -- preferably longer).
For every 1 cup beans use 3 cups water. Can be doubled, tripled, or more.
Beans are done to perfection when you can easily smoosh one between your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
You can also add a small strip of Kombu to the cooking water to make your beans more digestible.
PLEASE NOTE: Vinegar, citrus, and tomatoes should not be added to the pot before cooking your beans or they will take for-ev-er to cook.
Your beans are now ready to be used in any way you'd like. Use the Bean Flavor Matches to create your very own recipe in minutes.
"Can you use the stock from the cooked beans for soup or should it be discarded?"
Sassy Sez: Yes, you sure can. Before we had our pressure cooker, Jeff's specialty was a yummy bean and veggie soup, lovingly called "Sloopy Soup" -- neither of us can remember exactly WHY we called it that though. :)
ANYway, he always made the soup with soaked (drained) beans and veggies, so the cooking water remained through the whole process, from the start of cooking all the way down into our tummies. Just be sure you DO NOT use salt or salted vegetable stock/bouillon (opt for salt-free). Or wait until the beans are done cooking before you add salt or vegetable bouillon. Otherwise the beans may not cook properly and will be hard. Which would be sad.