Cooking – Bean Cooking Times

Cooking - Bean Cooking Times
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Exact times are impossible to give, because of variables such as the bean age, altitude, bean dryness, all impact cooking time.  The table of times below provides approximate cooking times for many of the more common beans.

Exact times are impossible to give because of variables such as the bean age, altitude, bean dryness, all of which impact cooking time.  The time chart below provides approximate cooking times for many of the more common beans.

In the age of slow-cookers, I don’t really recommend pressure cooking, but it does work if appropriate care is taken.

Please note, that I have provided the soaking time because most cooks soak their beans.  However, I haven’t soaked my beans in years, except for special circumstances.  Since I, usually, make a variation on kettles overnight on my slow-cooker /crockpot, then work from there.  This approach works well and since I like a bowl of beans for breakfast (especially, with cornbread) it works for me and my daughter eats them like crazy, as well. For beans with a shorter cooking duration (e.g. Tepary beans), I usually put them on low or medium overnight or cook them during the day, when I can check on them periodically.

Table of Bean Cooking Times

Dried Beans

(1 cup)

Soaking Time

Stovetop (Simmer) or slow cooker (on High)

Pre-soaked Pressure Cooking Time

AdzukiNone45 – 50 mins5 – 7 mins
Anasazi 6 – 8 hrs1- 1 1/2 hrs4 – 6 mins
Appaloosa 10-12 hrs1-1 1/2 hrs15 – 20 mins
Black (Turtle) 6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins
Broad Bean 8 – 10 hrs45 – 60 minsNot Recommended
Calypso 6-8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins
Cannellini 4 – 6 hrs1-1 1/2 hrs15 – 20 mins
Chick-Pea (Garbanzo) 8 – 10 hrs1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hrs10 – 13 mins
Chili Beans (Pink) 4 – 6 hrs45 to 60 min6 – 8 mins
Colorado 8 – 10 hrs3 hrs15 – 20 mins
Cranberry 10 – 12 hrs1-1 1/2 hrs15 – 20 mins
Fava 8 -10 hrs45 – 60 minsNot Recommended
Great Northern (White) 4 – 6 hrs45 – 60 mins4 – 9 mins
Jacob’s Cattle 10 – 12 hrs1-1 1/2 hrs15 – 20 mins
Kidney (large) 8 – 10 hrs3 hrs15 – 20 mins
Kidney (small) 4 – 6 hrs1 – 1 1/2 hrs5 – 8 mins
Kidney Bean (White) 4 – 6 hrs45 to 60 min6 – 8 mins
Lima (Large)/ Butterbean 8 – 10 hrs60 – 90 minsNot Recommended
Lima, Baby 4 – 6 hrs45 – 50 minsNot Recommended
Madagascar 8 -10 hrs60 – 90 minsNot Recommended
Marrow Fat (White) 6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins4 – 5 mins
Mennonite (pole) 10 – 12 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins
Mexican (Black) 6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins
Mexican Red 4 -6 hrs60 – 90 mins5 – 8 mins
Navy (White) 8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins
Yankee Bean 8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins
Pearl Haricot 8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins
Flageolet 8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins
Boston Navy Bean 8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins
Pink Beans 4 – 6 hrs45 to 60 min6 – 8 mins
Pinto 6 – 8 hrs1 1/2 hrs10 – 12 mins
Portuguese (pole) 4 – 6 hrs45 to 60 min6 – 8 mins
Rajma 4 – 6 hrs1 – 1 1/2 hrs5 – 8 mins
Rattlesnake 6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins6 – 8 mins
Red Bean 6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins5 – 8 mins
Runner Bean (All Types) 4 – 6 hrs1 1/2 hrs9 – 12 mins
Soldier 6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins
Soybean 8 -10 hrs3 hrs15 mins
Spanish (Black) 6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins
Swedish Brown 6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins
Tampico 6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins
Tepary Bean 8 -10 hrs2 – 4 hrs30 mins
Tongue of Fire 6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins
Venezuelan 6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins
Windsor 8 – 10 hrs60 – 90 minsNot Recommended
Yellow Eye 6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins

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