How to Cook Dried Beans in a Crockpot Slow Cooker

Cooking dried beans in a slow cooker
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Presoaked Beans:
Pick over the dry beans and discard any broken or shriveled looking ones.  Put 2 cups dried beans into the slow cooker crock and soak overnight in cold water, enough to cover by several inches.  The next day, drain the beans and discard the cooking water.  Put soaked beans back into the slow cooker and add enough water to cover beans by 2 inches.  Turn cooker to HIGH and cook beans until they're tender and cooked through, about 3-4 hours for soaked beans.  You can also cook the soaked beans on low, which would take about twice as long.  Drain beans. 

Unsoaked Beans:
Pick over the dry beans and discard any broken or shriveled looking ones.  Put beans  into the slow cooker and add enough water to cover beans by 2 inches.  Turn cooker to HIGH and cook beans until they're tender and cooked through, about 5-6 hours for unsoaked beans.  You can also cook the unsoaked beans on low, which would take about twice as long.  Drain beans.  (

Whether pre-soaked or unsoaked, 2 cups of dried beans will make about 6 cups of cooked beans.  Beans can be frozen in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid for several months until you're ready to use them.

Caution about red kidney beans:
Red kidney beans contain a natural toxin which may not be destroyed if your slow cooker doesn't reach a high enough temperature.  To be safe, red kidney beans should be pre-soaked, drained, and then boiled in fresh water for 10 minutes before cooking in the slow cooker.   Read more here about potential toxins from red kidney beans. 

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