dried beans, picked over and rinsed
garlic cloves, crushed
- Soak the beans in enough water to cover, plus an inch or two for 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain the beans and place them in a 5 1/2 to 6 quart slow cooker/crock pot. Add the onion, garlic, and bay leaves, if using, and enough water to cover, 6 to 8 cups. Cover and cook on high for 8 to 12 hours, or longer, depending on the type of bean.