I am quite fastidious about the way beans are cooked as I do not like experiencing the common thing we all associate beans with…GAS!  So here is what I do:

beans assorted

Cooking Beans & Lentils


Dried beans or lentils


  1.  Wash beans in cold water and soak overnight in three times the volume of water.
2.  Next day, pour off the water.
3.  Place beans in a pot and cover with water 1 inch above the level of the beans.
4.  Bring to a boil.
5.  Let simmer with lid ajar.
6.  Skim off the foam.
7.  Add more water if necessary. Beans should always be covered with water while cooking.
8.  Cooking time will vary according to the type, size and age of the bean.
9.  Most beans will need approximately 2 hours cooking time. Lentils will take between 30 minutes to one hour.
10.  Beans or lentils should be soft; this is when they are cooked.  This is the stage that you can salt and other seasonings.  Do not add salt while cooking as above.

Here are some very tasty vegan bean and lentil recipes:

Chili con Vege

Adzuki Vegetable Bean Stew

White Bean and Asparagus Stew

Butter Bean Dip

White Bean Vegetable Stew

Lentil Stew

Red Lentil Soup

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