Are you ready to cook dry beans from start to finish in an hour? It took me several attempts but I finally made the perfect batch of cooked beans n my electric pressure cooker and I am happy to share how it’s done. I use an Instant Pot, but any electric pressure cooker would work. Cooking dry beans in an electric pressure cooker is super easy and will save you tons of time and money, whoo-hoo!
So I mentioned it took me several attempts. If you are reading this you may have already tried the ‘recommended cook time’ in the Instant Pot manual and found yourself disappointed in the results. Here is my story of failure & success…
I was so excited to make beans in my Instant Pot. If you are unfamiliar with the Instant Pot you can read my post raving about it here. You can purchase one over at Amazon if you desire, I promise you won’t regret it! This is the one that I have:
I was thrilled that I was able to skip the soaking and just cut right to the cooking, super-fast cooking at that. I followed the cooking time recommended in my Instant Pot manual and was very disappointed when I took off the lid of my pressure cooker and the beans were hard and undercooked, 25 minutes was obviously NOT enough time to cook the beans. I headed to Google (of course) and was surprised when I couldn’t find any helpful tips so I headed to the kitchen to figure it out by myself!
After a few attempts I found the magic cook time that works for cooking dry beans in an electric pressure cooker and it is 55. There you go. Set your Instant Pot on the manual setting for 55 minutes and you will get wonderful results!
Here are my step by step directions for cooking dry beans in an electric pressure cooker.
First thing is first. Rinse your beans and sort through them making sure that there are only beans there and remove any broken beans then pour them into your electric pressure cooker.
Cover the beans with several inches of water. It is okay if there is more water than needed, I use that water to add to the cooked beans when I store them. It’s better to have too much than not enough!
Set the Instant Pot, or whichever cooker you are using, on the manual setting for 55 minutes.
Once the timer goes off and the cooking is done I turn my cooker off and let the pressure release on its own, I have not tried the quick-release method when cooking beans. Once the pressure is released your beans are done and cooked perfectly!
I store my beans in jars. I fill the jars with the beans…
Next, I pour the remaining liquid over them until they are covered.
You can store them for a while in the fridge or stick them in the freezer so you never have to buy canned beans again!
This cooking technique has worked for me using dry black, kidney, garbanzo, lima, and pinto beans. I am sure that I will make more soon but I just wanted to be clear on that!
Do you have any electric pressure cooker tips or recipes that you want to share? If so, please do so in the comments.
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