In other words, should I cook the beans alone and then add them to sauteed bacon/onions/garlic, or cook the beans with the bacon from the very begining? Also, does anyone have any great black bean recipes? Thanks.
Steve Sando, bean impresario behind Rancho Gordo, outlines the steps from beans in a bag to glorious pot o’ beans. Dried beans may not be fresh, per se, but the ones you're using shouldn’t be more than two years old. Soak them first, and then use the soaking water to cook them. A quick, hard boil followed by a long, slow simmer will get them cooked up right. (Click here for Steve's bean-cooking recipe.)
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