Dried beans, peas, split peas and lentils. These should be soaked overnight in cold water or for 2-3 hours in boiling water. Allow 25-50 g (1- 2 oz) per person; drain and cook in fresh boiling salted water. Lentils do not need soaking.
Butter beans and dried peas Usually used in soups and stews or served with butter.
Haricot beans Soaked and cooked with bacon, treacle and spices and served with a tomato sauce, are baked beans.
Kidney beans. Soak overnight, cook and serve with minced beef, chilli powder and spices to make Chilli con Came.
Cooking times for pulses
Lentils 30-40 minutes
Split peas 30-45 minutes
Peas 1 ½-2 hours
Haricot and Kidney beans 1-1 ½ hours
Soya beans 2-3 hours
Butter beans 1-1 ½ hours