There are tons of tutorials out there about how to cook dried beans. Sure, the traditional way works just fine and produces tasty beans. But, I recently tried out this method of cooking dried beans and love it because it is truly effortless.
I love cooking dried beans. They taste better than canned beans. And they save lots of money. And hey, the money-saving factor is always what I’m after.
How to Cook Dried Beans in the Oven
1. Soak dried beans for the amount of time recommended on the package. I do it for about 8 hours.
2. Drain the beans and add them to a large casserole dish/roasting pan. Cover completely in water – there should be about a 1/2 inch of water above the beans. Do not add salt or any seasonings at this point because it will interfere with the cooking process.
3. Bake at 350 for 90 minutes. You may find that yours will need a little more or a little less time. Taste test a bean or two to see whether you need to let it bake a bit longer.
4. Remove from oven and drain. There will still be a fair amount of water left in the pan. This is completely normal – just drain it off.
5. Add seasonings to taste. You can also go ahead and add your salt now as well. You can forgo the seasoning process altogether if you’d like.
6. Let cool and package up into freezer bags or containers. I was able to get about 10 cups out of the one package of dried pinto beans.
I was just experimenting when I decided to make the beans in the oven. Sure you could call them baked beans because they’re made in the oven. But I really don’t think they resemble baked beans much at all.
My biggest issue with cooking dried beans in a big pot is the fear that it’ll boil over. By making it in the oven, there’s nothing to worry about so long as you use a big enough pan. 🙂 Please let me know if you’ve heard of easier ways of how to cook dried beans.