Cooking heirloom beans from scratch is almost as easy as opening a can. It just takes a little planning ahead.

Bowl of heirloom beans.
Eye of the Goat Heirloom Beans
Bowl of Eye of the Goat Beans on a table with salt and sack of beans.
Eye of the Goat Heirloom Beans

Heirloom Beans

Instructions for how to cook beans using a crock pot.
Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: beans, heirloom beans
Servings: 4
Author: Lisa LeCoump


  • crock pot



  • Check the beans for debris by pouring them onto a white plate.
  • Soak the beans overnight – 1 cup of beans to 4 cups of filtered water and 2 teaspoons of salt.
  • Drain and rinse well (throwing away the water).
  • Cook in salted water in a crock pot until tender (ours took about 6 hours) – 4 cups filtered water and 1 Tablespoon of salt.


Cooking the beans this way should keep them from bursting.  They can be made a couple of days ahead, so they are ready when you need them. They can also be cooked in broth and with onions and garlic (just nothing acidic like tomatoes, which will keep the beans from cooking).There are a huge variety of dried beans available – a much bigger selection than you will find in a can.  Dried beans are easy keep on hand, since they don’t take up much room and don’t require refrigeration, so they are a good pantry item. They also don’t cost much, making them a good way to stretch the food budget.
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