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Quick Tip: How to Cook Black Beans

Buying black beans in the dry form saves a LOT of money and allows for greater storage life.  The cooking process is simple, and while it does take time, it does not require much hands-on involvement.  Cooked beans store in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for several months.

Freshly prepared beans taste wonderful and have one other little side benefit:  You won’t have to drain off that revolting syrupy liquid that comes in the pre-cooked, canned beans.  A definite plus!



  • PREP: 8 hrs 0 min
  • COOK: 60+ mins
  • READY IN: 9 hrs 0 min

Instructions on how to prepare dried black beans


  • 2 cups dried black beans
  • water


  1. Measure beans into a strainer and pick out any dirt or foreign matter. Rinse well.
  2. Place beans in a bowl and cover with at least twice as much water as beans. Cover and soak for 8-10 hours (overnight is good).
  3. After soaking, drain and rinse. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water (about two inches above beans).
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 4 hours (Cook time will vary according to the age of the beans and how they’ve been stored — some will be done sooner, and some will need to cook longer).  Check the liquid occasionally to make sure it doesn’t boil off. Beans should always be covered.  Test for tenderness after an hour. Continue to cook until tender.
  5. Drain. Use in your favorite recipes.
  • COURSE: Side Dish


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