We had to test a recipe for the October issue that called for dried lima beans, and while in a perfect world we would have soaked them overnight, we had to test the recipe that day. So, we quick-soaked them, a technique you can use with any bean to get it ready to cook in a hurry. All you have to do is cover the beans with water in a saucepot and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from the heat, and let soak in the pot, covered, for 1 hour. The beans have now been soaked and you are ready to continue with the recipe.