Interesting! I just made 15 bean soup today. Unfortunately hubby likes his pork hocks in it! I about gagged when I smelled them cooking (I still it red meat a little here and there). I did not realize how disqusting they really can smell. I had to pull out a pot and make the other bag, my way! LOL.
So in the crock pot, hubbys were cooking with yucky smoked pork fat. And with only 4-5 hours until dinner time, I started my batch on the stove top! They were done just fine for dinner.
Crockpot I did the traditional, rinse, soak over night, cook all day in the pot.
On stovetop, I rinsed, added 2 quarts water, 1 quart veggie broth, brought to rolling boil, covered and turned down to medium-low so that it still boiled, but gently, for 2 hours, then added in the veggies and seasonings and cooked for another hour. They came out perfect for soup. If your noticing there is too much water, take the lid off the pot to finish the cook time (assuming you are at home to watch it).
HW~234 (August 2006)
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