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Slow cooker hacks that will save you precious time

Espresso Logo By Graeme Carey of Espresso | Slide 2 of 21: Dry beans are cheaper and contain less sodium than the canned variety. The problem is, they take forever to prepare, since they first have to be soaked for a few hours or overnight before they can be cooked. But as The Bean Institute notes, you can skip the soaking period when you use your slow cooker. All you have to do is rinse the beans, put them in a slow cooker with enough water to cover them plus an extra five centimetres (two inches), add some salt, and cook on low until they are tender.

Cook legumes more easily

Dry beans are cheaper and contain less sodium than the canned variety. The problem is, they take forever to prepare, since they first have to be soaked for a few hours or overnight before they can be cooked. But as The Bean Institute notes, you can skip the soaking period when you use your slow cooker. All you have to do is rinse the beans, put them in a slow cooker with enough water to cover them plus an extra five centimetres (two inches), add some salt, and cook on low until they are tender.

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