First things first. Soak your beans:
Thoroughly rinse, sort, and discard any natural debris. Place in a large bowl, cover completely with water and soak overnight in the refrigerator. Drain and rinse again before cooking.
Dry beans need to be soaked before cooking in order to replace moisture. Here are 3 methods to get this done.
- Quick soak: Bring 6 cups of cold water and 450 g (2 cups) of beans to a boil, cover and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Drain.
- Overnight soak: Let beans and water stand overnight. Drain.
- Microwave soak: Combine 6 cups (1.5 L) of hot water and 450 g (2 cups) of dry beans in a 8 qt. (8 L) microwaveable casserole dish. Cover and microwave at HIGH (100%) power for 15 minutes or until boiling. Let stand 1 hour. Drain.