Brining Beans Traditional or Instant Pot Methods

Navy Beans Quick Instant Pot Soak 2 minutes

Just a little cheat sheet on bean soaking.


  • 1 pound dried beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 gallon (four quarts) water, except in Instant Pot, in which case cover beans by two inches of water
  • 3 tablespoons table salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil (Instant Pot only)


Long Soak Method (overnight)

Dissolve salt in water, add beans and cover. Let sit overnight on counter or if worried about fermentation, in the refrigerator.

Quick Soak Method, Stovetop:

Dissolve salt in water in a large pan or Dutch oven. Add beans. Bring to a boil, boil one minute, then turn off the heat and cover the beans. Let sit for one hour.

Quick Soak Method, Instant Pot:

Add beans to Instant Pot. Add water to cover by two inches. Add salt and oil and stir. Seal Instant Pot and set to High Pressure, 2 minutes. When finished let the steam out carefully in short bursts. If anything other than steam comes out or if there is foam or sputtering, stop and wait for 30 seconds, then restart.

All Methods:

Drain and rinse beans before proceeding with recipe.

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