You are here: Home » Cooking How-To » Dried Beans: A Cheap Trick Dried Beans: A Cheap Trick Cooking How-To,Dinner,Ingredient,Winter http://relish.com/articles/dried-beans-a-cheap-trick/ by RelishJanuary 2, 2013 Dried beans do a slow simmer with onions, herbs and stock for meals that are high on taste and low on cost. Mark Boughton Photography / stylinh by Teresa Blackburn http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/red-beans-rice-turkey-kielbasa-relish.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Do you think “exotic” or “romantic” when you think of beans? Probably not. They’ll always be considered peasant fare. But when dried beans are left to stew and simmer in aromatics like onion, garlic, bacon and the like, they’re transformed into something rich, yummy and more luxurious than simple legumes. Soaking is a Snap Dried beans need to be soaked before cooking. You can do a quick soak or an overnight soak. Overnight-soak: Rinse and check beans. Remove any discolored or broken beans. Place in large bowl with cold water and let stand overnight. Use 6 cups of water for 1 pound of beans. Drain. Quick-soak: Rinse and check beans. Remove any discolored or broken beans. Place in large pot with 6 cups cold water. Cover, bring to a boil and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 1 hour. Drain. Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Red Beans and Rice with Kielbasa Turkey sausage updates a traditional New Orleans recipe. Black Beans with Chiles Turn the bag of hard little black pebbles into a side -- or filling -- for just about any Mexican-style dish.