Beans are an inexpensive ingredient, but often need soaking and boiling. Throw them in the slow cooker in the morning and by the time you get home they will be ready to eat.
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We've covered how to quick soak beans to shorten cooking time but you can put them in the slow cooker in the morning and have beans ready by the time you get home. Soaking the beans the night before reduces gas, but it's optional for most beans.
This is my primary way of cooking beans in the summer so I don't have to use a stove. In the winter, I use a pressure cooker. Either method isn't much harder than opening up a can of beans, but is much cheaper.
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