Even for stovetop cooking, there's really no need to soak beans. I rinse mine and check to see that there's no grit or bad beans, and then put them on to cook with an inch of water over the top, and add onion, garlic and seasonings (a bit of lean ham chunks added when they've been cooking a couple of hours makes them especially savory).
Set 'em on low, stir occasionally, and add water as needed. Yummy over brown rice with a side of fruit.
- 6/30/2012 1:13:39 PM