The ideal way to cook beans from their dried state to table-ready is to wash, pick-over and let set in a full bowl of water overnight. Then, drain and rinse the next morning before cooking in large cast iron pot, crockery pot, etc.
If you are like me you don’t always plan ahead. My Mama taught me how to start the morning with a bag of rock-hard dried legumes and end the day with a steaming pot of soft yummy goodness for the supper table.
Here is that method..