There is a world of beans out there that most folks know nothing about. Baked beans and black beans are great but there are so many others. Expand your horizons. Rancho Gordo has been my bean shop of choice for several years.
I have owned a stove top pressure cooker for many years and use it for many things, beans included, but I much prefer the flavor of slow cooked beans in a crock pot. Better still, beans slow cooked in a clay pot of which I have an ever growing collection. Among these, my favorite is my pre Conquest Mixteca bean pot.
I recently added an Instant Pot to this mix to compliment my stove top pressure cooker. I must admit I don't understand where all the fanaticism about this appliance comes from. It's as if a huge segment of the population just discovered pressure cooking. The pre sets are useless, the searing feature kinda works, and it operates at 11 psi as opposed to 15 psi for my stove top. I bought a 6 qt Duo Plus during the recent Mother's Day sale for the pressure cooker delayed start and "set it and forget it", and keep warm features. These features make it a useful tool for whole foods plant based people. My stove top PC is more versatile but needs to be baby sat.
I'll use this for the times I forget to soak my beans overnight. This happens more often than I care to admit.
Good Mother Stallard beans simmering on my Iwatani portable butane stove that, among other things, I use as a table side burner.
A peek inside
There is nothing quite like slow cooked beans in a clay pot. These beans simmered for 7 hrs with diced onion, plenty of fresh garlic and a little olive oil. That's it. Well, maybe a little salt. I live at altitude so beans take a while longer than for flatlanders. Serve with freshly cracked black pepper, a squeeze of lemon and a light drizzle of quality EVOO. Leave the EVOO and salt out completely if going whole foods plant based.
Good Mother Stallard's are a popular bean. They are a great tasting bean that produce a delicious pot liquor. Stallard's are presently sold out at Rancho Gordo but can be found elsewhere if you search for organic dried beans.