If you don't have time for overnight soaking, try this quick method for preparing dried beans.
Inspect the beans for imperfections and small stones and rinse under cold water. Place in soup pot with enough water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil, cook 10 minutes, remove from heat and let rest, covered, 30 to 60 minutes. Beans are now ready to use in recipes calling for overnight soaking.