Bean Cooking Guidelines


3 cups dry beans
9 cups water


The easiest way to cook dry beans is in a slow cooker (crock pot):

  1. Rinse and sort dry beans checking for rocks.
  2. Put rinsed beans in a crock pot and cover the beans with at least 2 inches of water.
  3. Cook beans on high for 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.
  4. Drain and rinse beans again, then proceed with recipe.

This batch makes the equivalent of 4 (15 oz) cans of cooked beans. Refrigerate cooked beans up to 5 days or freeze up to 6 months.

3/4 cup dry beans = 15 ounce can of cooked beans
15 ounce can of cooked beans = 1¾ cup of cooked beans
2 cups dry beans = 1 pound of dry beans

Dry split peas and lentils cook in less than 30 minutes and do not need to be soaked before cooking.