|The very full colander of beans|
I opted for my Betty Crocker Cookbook rather than sorting through a bunch of clippings in my "New Recipes" binder on how to prepare dried beans. Their directions were for 1 cup of dried beans to make 2 cups prepared beans. I poured the whole bag in the pot figuring I could use the beans in chili, salad, soup, or freeze half the batch. I didn't soak them overnight, but used the quick boil method. My bag of beans produced 9 cups of prepared beans. That's a lot of raw material for meals!
Preparing Dried Kidney Beans
from Betty Crocker Cookbook Bridal Edition
Sort beans, rinse and drain. Place 1 cup legumes in 3 to 4 quart saucepan. Add enough cold water (about 3 to 4 cups) to cover beans. Heat to boiling. Boil uncovered 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer (do not boil or beans will burst), stirring occasionally for 1 to 2 hours or until tender.