Beans, beans they're good for your heart..... Have you ever heard that song? I am sure you have and you know what? The song is right, beans are good for your heart.
jedigal I'm sorry to hear your beans didn't come out right! I very rarely soak my beans. Instead I cook them for hours at a steady medium rolling boil. I've also not had luck using dry beans in the crock pot. Even after soaking. Were you using a crock pot too?
I'm not a huge bean fan, but I've been trying to find more ways I'd like to try them out, since they're so cheap and a good source of protein. This past week I attempted red beans and rice (cajun style) and the bean mixture ended up being thicker than it should and a little bland (partially, I think, to DH's "input"!) I tried to use dry beans (after soaking) but even with soaking we've never had much luck with dry beans. :-( I really wish I could master it since it's cheaper than regular beans!