Soaking your own beans will not only save you money, you'll get a better-for-you-bean to boot.
One of the biggest challenges that I hear about most often is that transitioning to a whole food diet will be cost prohibitive. Here’s just one of the many food items that is less expensive than its processed counterpart, takes little to no effort to prepare, and is very simple to do! Beans and legumes.
Make your own and skip the canned version. The homemade ones have a better texture, cause less digestive upset, and are healthier for you.
It's simple: add a couple cups of dry black beans to a bowl, add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider, cover with 6 cups of boiling water. Let them sit for 1 hour. That's it!
After you’ve finished with the soaking process (whether you choose the 1 hour or 8-24 hour process) you’re ready for the cooking part. Drain the beans, rinse well and place the beans in a pot. Add water in a 3:1 ratio to the beans and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender. This could take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1-1/2 hours. If at that point they still aren’t cooked (some beans are really old and need longer cooking times, but it’s rare), add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water and continue to cook until tender.
I’ve heard stories of beans not being cooked after 4 hours. At that point, I’d toss the beans and buy different ones, but I hear the baking soda trick does work. You choose.