All gaseous mass jokes aside, we love beans, especially in the wintertime. But having to babysit them while they are cooking on the stove is a bit of a pain, because you have to watch them pretty carefully to make sure there is plenty of water and you are not burning them. Enter the crockpot to save the day!!
Start with soaking your beans. You can either soak them in water for 8 hours (overnight), or use the quick soak method. If you don’t know this one, it is really simple. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add beans, cover, boil beans 1-2 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the beans sit covered for one hour. Boom! Done.
Drain and rinse the soaked beans and add to crock pot. Add water or broth, and then your seasonings. If you want to add ham or sausage, go for it. Then put the lid on the pot, set on low for 6 hours or so, and go away. Check the beans to make sure they are done – larger beans will take longer – and then let cool.
You can freeze beans to use in soups or chilis, or to use as a side dish or meal later.