The traditional method for cooking dried beans involves soaking the beans overnight, draining them and either simmering the beans on the stove top or baking them in the oven. If you need to quickly transform your dry turtle beans into a cooked side dish or main meal ingredient, use the quick-soak method to prepare the beans for cooking, then simmer or bake them as usual. You can also use a pressure cooker, which is the fastest cooking method for dry beans, allowing you to cook turtle beans in as little as five minutes, compared to the one to two hours it takes to simmer or bake them.
Pick through dry beans and remove pieces of grit or debris.
Place the beans in a stock pot with 6 to 8 cups water.
Turn the burner to high and bring the water to a boil.
Remove the pot from the burner after the water has boiled for two minutes.
Place the lid over the pot and leave the beans to soak for one hour.
Drain and rinse beans before cooking.
Place rinsed, drained beans in the pressure cooker pan and cover them with water so that beans are submerged by 1 inch of water. If the beans and water fill more than half of the pan, remove some beans for a later use.
Add salt, seasonings and about 1 tsp vegetable oil, which reduces foaming.
Cover the pot and follow manufacturer's directions to set the cooker to medium pressure, or about 15 pounds of pressure.
Put the pressure cooker on your stove's burner and set the stove to medium high.
Cook for 5 to 10 minutes after the pressure reaches 15 pounds. Small beans such as turtle beans take less time to cook than larger dry bean varieties.
Remove the cover from the beans when all of the steam has dissipated, according to the pressure cooker manufacturer's instructions.