When I make hummus – I might use canned chick peas, or might have more time and patience and cook my own beans.
There are two methods to cooking beans: The Patient Method and the Impatient Method.
The Patient Method: Soak dried beans completely covered water for 8 hours. The beans are going to expand so you’ll want to add enough water so that the water level is a few inches higher than the beans. 8 hours later, *drain and rinse, fill pan with fresh water, add beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for about an hour and you’re ready to rock.