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Beans with crock pot/slow cooker

I crock pot my beans during the day, but you cook them overnight or while you are gone for the day, as well.  You can purchase canned beans, but I encourage you make them from scratch due to cost, health and taste being much better.  I recommend using a crock pot or slow cooker that has a timer, especially if cooking through the night or if out of the home.

My recipe has specifically kidney, pinto and black beans, but you can crock pot or slow cook any kind of beans this same way.

1 1/2-2 cups of kidney, pinto and/or black beans
1/2 medium to large onion
1-2 minced garlic
Pour desired beans into large bowl, fill bowl with water to soak.  Let soak for 2-3 hours or overnight is best(once you see the water soaked up.  Soaking helps make sure the beans cleaned and also helps the beans to cook quicker). Once soaked, rinse in strainer and pour into crock pot.  Place onion and garlic into crock pot.   Fill crock pot with water.
Turn crock pot/slow cooker on high, if you’re home and on low if you plan to cook them through the night or while gone.  Allow to cook on high for at least 6 hours or until soft and 8-10 on low if cooking through the night or while away from the home.
You will start to smell them after a couple of hours or walk into a home of bean aroma, so yummy!
Once cooked, place into separate containers for desired meals or freezer bags, if choosing to freeze.

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