To Prepare: [1 lb. dry beans (2 cups) = 5-6 cups cooked beans]. 1. Sort and rinse beans. 2. Soak to reduce cooking time (use 6 cups water for every 1 lb. dry beans; oversoaking may cause beans to split). Quick Soak: Boil beans and water for 2 minutes, remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Long Soak: Let beans and water stand overnight (6-8 hours). 3. Cook: Simmer until beans are tender (approx. 1 hour). To Serve: Add to salads, chili and casseroles, or season and serve as a side dish.