I know I will have to soak them over night before using them... there is some debate though as if I will have to also boil the beans before adding them to the meat I want to slowly get away from using canned goods if I can. they are simply way to expensive here. Unless they are on sale a can of regular beans and pork can cost $1.50.. and I know some are rolling their eyes and saying pffft... $1.50 pllllease.. but this same can was $0.69 6 months ago so if the prices continue this way that same can will be way over $2.00 come june... A 28oz can of diced tomatoes 6 months ago was $1.20. Today they are sitting at about $1.99 right now... the increase on these has not been as much but give it time. I am planning a garden for the first time in about 10 years. I want to can as much as I can.. I am getting a pressure canner before the season starts there is even talk of meat birds and because its my dad who wants them I told him he can purchase his birds I will care for them... and he will pay to have them processed or he can come do it himself including my birds which I will purchase. so who has a recipe they want to share for chili with dried beans?