The pinto bean was first cultivated more than 5,000 years ago in the very earliest Mexican and Peruvian civilizations and was very popular in both the Aztec and Inca cultures.
How to Select
Choose dried beans or beans canned with less sodium. Select dried beans that are dry, firm, clean, uniform in color and not shriveled.
How to Store
Store dried beans at room temperature, in a closed container to protect from moisture and pests. Store canned beans at room temperature – use before date on can
How to Prepare
Bring the beans to a boil: Cover the beans with an inch of water. Bring them to a boil over medium-high heat. Check the beans after an hour: Cook the beans for one hour, and then begin checking for doneness. Depending on their age, size, and variety, beans can take anywhere from an hour to three hours to cook through