I soaked the beans overnight and, knowing that adding salt to dried beans when cooking them can cause them not to soften, I ignored the instructions to add salt to the beans with the garlic. Other than that I followed the directions to the letter. After cooking on high for one hour, and on low for four hours, the beans were still quite hard. After another hour on low, they were still hard. I put the beans in a soup pot on top of the stove and simmered them for an hour; they were still hard. I added the beer and cilantro and cooked for another hour. They were not done but I had to go to bed so I put them in the fridge. The next day I tasted them and did not care for the flavor so I decided to just call it quits. I know that beans will take longer to cook depending how fresh they are, but I they should not take over 3 extra hours. My advice to anyone choosing to make this recipe is, since so many people have had issues with the beans not getting done even after soaking them, make them a day before you plan on serving them just in case they do not soften up.
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I soaked the beans overnight and, knowing that adding salt to dried beans when cooking them...