I soak mine, then when most of the skins come loose after a day of soaking, I slowly cook them in chicken broth..not water. But first I saute some minced onion, garlic, ham squares in little bites, then I add the beans. Salt and pepper of course, sometimes I add a tad of worchestershire sause for a slight extra umph. How do you cook yours? (We are not fans of sweet beans).