While reading Kitchen Stewardship’s Everything Beans Book, I saw instructions for cooking beans in a pressure cooker–without soaking first! I decided to give it a try.
- 1 lb (about 2 1/2 C) dried beans
- 9 C water
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp oil
- Rinse beans and place in pressure cooker with the rest of the ingredients.
- Bring pressure cooker up to pressure on high; start timer. In the case of white beans, let cook for 32 minutes. (Consult The Everything Beans book or Google for other bean type times)
- Let pressure release naturally (this can take another 15 minutes or so).
This resulted in a firmly cooked bean–just perfect for the stew I made with it (come back tomorrow for the recipe!). I am falling in love with my pressure cooker again. And, I had forgotten how good beans are when they are made from dried beans (as opposed to all mushy from a can).