Preparation / Directions:
1 pound pinto beans -- dried salt -- to taste pepper -- to taste 2 each freezer container, quart Rinse and sort pinto beans. Place in large bowl and add water until beans are covered 3 inches deep. Soak overnight. Next morning, place ham bone and soaked, drained beans in crock pot; add water to cover. Cook on High for 6 to 8 hours, until beans are tender and meat has separated from bone. Carefully remove ham bones and fat, returning slivers of meat to beans; season to taste. To freeze: place bone beans in freezer containers. Freeze. To prepare: thaw beans completely before heating. Heat in saucepan over medium heat until hot. Serve with cornbread and green salad!