2 cups beans
5 cups water
ham bone (optional)
1 onion (optional)
2 tsp. salt
Wash and drain beans. Put beans, water, ham bone, and onion, if desired, into a large pan and bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour.
Add salt. Cover and boil gently 1½ -2 hours or until tender. Add more water during cooking if needed. Makes 5 cups cooked beans.
Soak any kind of dry beans overnight. Drain. Freeze beans in 2 to 4 cup portions.
To prepare: Cook beans in boiling water for 20 minutes. They will soften very easily if they are frozen first.
To help with unpleasant bean side effects, you can rinse the beans after soaking and add ½ teaspoon baking soda when cooking the dry beans.
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