I just made the best batch of beans of my life. Seriously, I keep grabbing a few out of the colander just to munch. The secret ingredient? Salt. I added 3T of salt to a gallon of water (for 1 pound of beans) and let them soak overnight. Then I drained and rinsed them, and boiled as usual. My black beans took just over an hour to cook, and are a really creamy texture, with very few burst skins.