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Bean Conversion Table

1 cup dried beans = 2-3 cups cooked beans = 1 ½ 15.5 ounce cans

One 15.5 ounce can of beans = 1 ½ cups cooked = ¾-to-1 cup dried

1 lbs. of dried beans = 2-2 ½ cups dried = 4-5 cups cooked = 3-4 15.5 oz. cans

While these measures are a good "Rule-of-thumb" on thing to remember; These measurements vary by the size of the bean. Large beans will be on the low side of these measurements while small beans will have a slightly higher yield.

Soaking Beans

Generally, the longer beans soak, the less cooking time they will require and soaking them overnight is recommended. Beans can be soaked for several days as long as the soaking water is changed every 24 hours. Strain the beans and rinse both the beans and the soaking pot, then cover with fresh water. Also, since large beans and old beans require more re-hydration, they should be soaked for at least a few hours.

Overnight Method

  1. Measure out the desired amount of dried beans and carefully sort through the beans and remove any small stones, debris, and questionable-looking beans. (I like to do this on a clean counter top or table.)
  2. Thoroughly wash the beans in a colander with running cold water, moving the beans around with your hand to insure they are completely rinsed.
  3. Transfer the beans to a large pot and fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the beans with at least 2-3 inches water. (The general rule is three parts water to one part beans.)
  4. Cover the bean pot and let the beans soak for at least eight hours or overnight.
  5. Always drain and discard the soaking water and rinse the beans with fresh cold water before cooking.
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