We're trying to save a bit of moola these days and with all the news about canned food being riddled with BPA, I decided that the time had come to try cooking my own beans from scratch.
It was awesome. I started with a half pound of dry black beans, on the chance that we didn't like the outcome. No worries there. Here's what I did:
1 cup black dried beans
4 cups water
4 cloves garlic, smashed
Rinse the beans, picking through for bits of wood, pebbles and broken beans.
Soak overnight in the water. (I started them right before I went to bed, at 11pm. Although I did this in a large bowl, you could probably use a saucepan)
The next day, bring the beans and a pinch of salt to a boil, then skim off the foam. (I omitted this step since I was distracted and missed the foam.) Turn the heat down very low, add the garlic and other seasonings and simmer for 3-4 hours or until the beans are as soft as you'd like.
We ate ours stuffed into burritos with brown rice, avocado and sour cream. Claire had 2 bowls of rice, beans and a little bit of taco meat.