I was in need of some quick beans and didn't have time for the usual soak-and-cook or even crock pot method, so to Google I went! I found this on the Paupered Chef webpage, and to my delight it worked like a charm with no negative digestive results (ahem). That said, I have only tried this with pinto beans, so I can't testify to the success of doing another kind of bean in this way. Also, the original recipe calls for 1/2 T salt in the water, which I omitted because I have always been told that salt in the cooking water makes beans tough. Feel free to add it if you'd like!