1/6/2011 8:30:00 AM
Here's an idea for preparing dried beans that we do.
If you plan to have beans during a certain week, whether it's on a salad, in a dish, whatever.
On a weekend day take your crockpot/slowcooker out. Throw some beans, chopped onion, garlic, celery, etc along with maybe a slice of bacon for fat and flavor.
Let them cook to the point that you would like. For salads we like really firm beans, for dishes like bean and rice dishes we like a softer texture.
Then when they're done just simply drain, put in a tupperware container and store in the fridge until you need them.