Every now and then I realize that recipes exist for a reason: sometimes they’re right! I’ve always ignored directions to use a heavy pan when cooking because I never had a heavy pan. But I just made beans in my lovely new casserole dish, and it took half the time! I’m very excited! Other people probably know this already, but, well, I’m impressed.
(For the record, I don’t think it was the cooking that made the difference, but that the quick soak was actually effective. But who knows, maybe it is a magical pan.)