Never use salt when cooking your beans until they've reached the softened stage.
Salt halts the softening process and will do a good bean in.
Here are two methods for making terrific beans:
Short Soak: Clean and sort beans (there could be a rock or icky bean in the package. That's why you sort) You wash them because it's like raw produce and there could be dirt in the package-it's happened to me. Next, boil beans in water for 3 minutes (the water should cover the beans). Then cover the beans and set them aside for 2 to 4 hours. Drain and discard the water, rinse the beans and now they are recipe ready (but not fully cooked).
Long Soak: Clean and sort beans as directed above. Then soak the beans overnight or for 8 hours. Drain and discard the water, rinse the beans and now you're
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