I soaked the beans all night after rinsing. This AM I put them in the crock pot with a wonderful ham bone I saved from Thanksgiving. I came home at 7 PM and the darn beans are "al dente". This happened once before about twenty years ago and I don't understand what causes it!! So.....any suggestions?? I can mash the beans but the outside is still not soft. I can put the beans in the blender?? I can put the beans in the garbage disposal?? HELP! DDD PS: Thank heavens I had good leftovers from Tuesday night so nobody is starving!