I used my new crock pot for the first time today to make black bean soup. I soaked the beans overnight and then cooked them on high for an hour in the crock pot this morning. I then added sauteed onions, peppers, and garlic as well as a few spices and a ham hock and put it to low. After six hours the beans were still hard and I turned the heat up to medium. I cooked the soup for about 10 hours total. The beans had softened enough but weren't that tender. The rest of the vegetables were like a puree.
I've never used a crock pot before. Did I do something wrong? I didn't salt until the end.