Cooking with dried beans instead of canned beans has its advantages. Find the right soaking times for a variety of beans with this handy cheat sheet from WonderHowTo.
Canned beans are convenient because you can cook them right out of the can, but they may not be as healthy for you as soaking dried beans. Yumi Sakugawa at WonderHowTo suggests:
Canned beans may contain preservatives and sodium detrimental to your health, while soaking dried beans before cooking helps the beans retain their maximum nutritional benefits before consumption.
The cheat sheet lists 15 types of beans along with their recommended soaking and cooking times. For beans that require overnight soaking, like pinto beans, you can always try the quick-soak method to shorten the wait time to an hour or so.