This recipe for Slow Cooker Beans is an easy way to save money on healthy food. Soak first to de-gas the beans and then the slow cooker does the cooking for hands-off meals!
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:5 hours
Total Time:5 hours 10 minutes
1/2 lb dry beans
1/2 tsp salt
Pick over the beans to remove any debris or discolored beans. Discard the ugly beans and place the good beans in a large stock pot.
Fill the pot with water, covering the beans by about 2 inches.
Place the pot on a burner and bring the water just to a boil. Turn the burner off and cover the pot with a lid. Let the beans sit overnight, or at least 8 hours.
Pour the beans into a colander and then back into the pot. Cover the beans with water, swish the beans around with your hands and then discard the water. Repeat this process two more times to completely rinse the beans.
Repeat steps 2-4 for a second soak. (The second soak is optional, but best to eliminate as many of the gas-causing enzymes as possible.)
Place soaked beans in a slow cooker, filling the slow cooker with water and covering the beans with about 2 inches of water.
Add aromatics and/or salt if using and cook the beans on low for 5-6 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Check the beans for doneness at the 5 hour or 3 hour mark respectively, cooking for longer as needed and checking every 30 minutes.
Once the beans are done, remove from the slow cooker and drain. Measure into 2 cup portions and use immediately, or freeze for future meals.