2 1/4 cups of dried beans equals 1 pound
the beans until the water runs clear (or until you get tired of rinsing them). Cover with several inches of water, and
soak overnight (more is fine).
Rinse again, and then put them in a cooking pan, cover them with an inch or so
of water, and add a tablespoon or two of baking soda. Bring it to a boil - it will foam up, so you need to keep an eye
on it to prevent it from boiling over. This helps reduce the gassiness of the cooked beans.
Rinse well, and cover
with an inch or so of water, bring to a boil, and then simmer for at least an hour and a half.