Is there less of a cooking time in crockpot for pinto beans if I cook less beans?
Question: I need to know if my beans will cook faster if I cook a lesser amount. Last time I cooked beans in the crock I had the crock almost full. I put it on low and it took about ten hours until they were tender. If I only do half the crock full will they cook faster? Or would it still be about the same time? My crock is also old so it probably does take longer for it to cook things. Also if anyone has any good tips let me know. Thanks. (I already soak the beans over night)
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Long story short: I usually have more liquid than beans. Overloading your crockpot will definitely reduce your cooking time but not clear what you mean by full. Full of beans would be odd and would take a REALLY long time because the beans are so close together and so they san just take small sips of water. Surround that bean with boiling water(NOT hard and fast. just slow) and make it dance a little with the heat and it's fully engulfed. You may try a different online recipe. I have my own. NEW CROCKPOT? First tip. Stop soaking your beans. Ask yourself what does it do for the beans. Yeah yeah it expedites the cooking time. What does it bring to the party? Flavor? Contrast? Anything? No. It's absorbing bland water. I understand you have probably been soaking for longer than I've been alive but I am only suggesting a change that may enhance the beans a wee bit. The salt they will absorb does help to tenderize them before cooking if you have to soak your beans. Use a pork or chicken stock that is already seasoned and cooked. From the box? If you must. I prefer homemade loaded with flavor. Easy to bag stock in gallon ziploc freezer bags and lay them flat in the freezer. Stock on cal. Just break it into quarters to use. I forego the soaking altogether and usually cook about 2 lbs at a time. I'll add two or three oxtails with a yellow onion, a minced seeded(easier on the palate and between your teeth) jalapeno(devein for less heat) and garlic cloves minced with the necessary herbs(cilantro fresh) and spices such as cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder etc..I'll set the crock pot to high until it boils which is usually about an hour and then set to medium and cook an additional 3 or 4 hours. I always keep the beans JUST covered with stock and always with a lid. The beans and oxtails cook within the same time window so that are great together but so too is bacon(bacon AND Oxtails? Sinfully sticky, rich, sweet, spicy beans that are transcendent), fatback or salt pork. Fake bacon bits? NEVER!.A new Crock-pot just might be in order but yours is, well used, loved and still works, sorta, but it may be kinda broke which is cause to fix it. Gotta know when to let go I guess. When I cook the two pounds I do initially fill the crock pot with beef or pork stock depending on what's in the freezer. Yes, I thaw it before use. The beans do have a backbone and can play with some heavy hitters without getting lost or overpowered. The stock will compliment and help with tenderness and cooking times a bit. Total cooking time in the crock pot is usually 4-6 hours depending on how I cook the beans. I may just set it to low from the offset if I don't want to mess with it at all and then it will be about 8. The onions do simmer away, once again, depending on how they are cut and how fast they are cooked with the beans so I will mince about a quarter cup and mix it in before serving sometimes. There isn't any rule against sauteing your veggies that you might put in the beans before you add them to crank up the flavor.
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I don't think cooking less beans will lessen the cooking time. Dried beans take a long time to cook in a crock pot because of the low temperature. Make sure to soak the beans overnight or use the quick soak method before attempting to cook the beans. Do not add salt to the beans until they are done. If you want the beans to cook faster, use a pressure cooker or just cook them on the stove top burner. Quick soak method: Cover the beans with cold water by about 2 inches above the beans, Bring almost to a boil (small bubbles appear around the edges of the pot), cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 1 hour. Drain. The beans will be "soaked" and ready to cook.
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Rinse them like Stephen said but also throw in some whole peeled potatoes to absorb the salt and remove them towards the end (before cooking end time)
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