These are nice and clean, but you always need to "pick over" dried beans and then rinse them thoroughly. Years ago, I bought a digital pressure cooker, and my pre-soak days were over. I put the beans in the pressure cooker with enough water, a little bacon or ham or hog jowl, some garlic, some salt and pepper and a pinch of baking soda, stir, and pressure cook for about 33-36 minutes. I unplug the pressure cooker when it beeps and allow the beans to depressurize without disturbing them. When the cooker is finally opened, the beans are tender and seasoned. With some rice and cornbread, this is a meal. Nobody can complain about the cash you spent on this purchase! This is real food with real nutrition and real flavor. Some people love to eat them with ketchup, but I've always loved a splash of pepper vinegar.