SOAK BEANS OVERNIGHT in cold water.
Dry beans need to be soaked before cooking to replace the water lost in drying. A general rule is to use 3 cups (750 ml) of water for each cup (250 ml) of sorted and rinsed beans.
Let beans and water stand overnight in refrigerator. Drain. (Beans soaked by this method cook in less time and keep their shape better).
To cook soaked beans, a general rule is to use 3 cups (750 ml) water for every 1 cup (250 ml) of soaked beans.
In a large saucepan combine soaked beans and water. Cover and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat and simmer until fork tender, about 45-60 minutes. Drain.