I was wondering if I could use dried beans (without soaking) in a crockpot chili recipe that would cook for 8 hours on low. Or should I soak overight first (I'd rather skip this step if possible). I never had luck with using dried beans -- they always turned out hard even after soaking overnight, so I finally gave up and now only use canned, but canned get too mushy in a crockpot recipe. A lot of the folks on this site seem to have better luck cooking with dried beans, so I'm wondering if it's the brand I used. Any suggestions?