Navy beans are easy to prepare and provide an incredible source of both protein and fiber. A perfect food for helping to prevent high blood pressure, they contain nutrients such as folate, copper, magnesium, tryptophan, manganese, vitamin B1 and iron. Stretch your family's food budget with navy beans, as they make delicious main meals and complement everything from soups and stews to dips and salads. They are also inexpensive, especially when purchased in bulk.
Spread the dried beans onto a clean dish towel and pick through them for stones or damaged beans. Discard anything that doesn't look like a navy bean.
Pour the beans into a colander and rinse in cold water. Transfer the beans into a large soup or stock pot. Cover with 2 to 3 cups of cold water for every cup of beans in the pot.
Place the pot in the refrigerator and allow the beans to soak overnight, or for at least eight hours. This allows the beans to soften, which aids digestion and makes for quicker cooking.
Pour the beans back into the colander and rinse again with cold water. Dump them back into the soup pot and cover with water using the same ratio from step 2. Place the beans on the stove on high heat and bring them to a boil. Once the beans are boiling, reduce the heat so that the beans are simmering. Cover partially with a pot lid.
Continue cooking the beans on low heat for about an hour and a half. Test the beans for tenderness by removing a few and tasting once cooled. Drain the beans through the colander once more, and use them according to your chosen recipe.