I soaked the gigantes beans overnight then changed the water. I then added them to a pot, filled the pot with water with a pinch of sea salt, brought them to a boil, and simmered them for almost two hours. I drained the water then proceeded to make the rest of the dish.
The beans never fully got soft. I have to add that I have no idea how long the beans were in my pantry. I didn't buy them as far as I know, but then again if I did buy them it was so long ago I don't remember.
Could I have just used beans that were far too old or did I genuinely do something wrong?