To start the beans, first sort through to remove any stones. Rinse well and cover with cold water.
Once the beans have soaked for 8 hours, drain them, and place into a medium-sized pot. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Mince the garlic and add to the pot, along with the bay leaves.
Once the beans come to a boil, turn to medium-low and let simmer for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Skim the surface occasionally to remove any scum and check from time to time to make sure they are simmering, not boiling.
You may need to adjust the heat and add a bit of water if you notice the water level has fallen. After about an hour test the beans for doneness. Once the beans are almost done, add the salt. Once they are just cooked through, but not mushy, drain the beans and remove the bay leaves.
- 1 cup dried, black beans
- 3 to 5 cloves garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp sea salt