Preparing Dried Beans

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2 1/4 cups of dried beans equals 1 pound

Rinse 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.