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Crock Pot Ham and Beans

    1 lb. dried great northern beans or other dried beans
    3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
    1 large sweet onion, chopped coarsely
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1 tablespoon chopped parsley
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1 lb. smoked ham or ham hock
    6 cups water or broth

  Sort beans and soak in enough water to cover overnight, or you may
 sort them and place in a saucepan with 2 inches of water to cover.
 Bring them to a boil, boil for 3 minutes, then cover and remove from
 heat. Allow to sit for one hour after boiling (don't lift the lid).
 Whatever method you use, rinse and drain the beans before placing
 them in the crock pot.

  Put the rinsed beans, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, parsley, cloves,
 ham (chopped into large chunks) or ham hocks into the crock pot along
 with 6 cups water or broth. Cover crock, and cook on low for about
 8 hours, or until beans are tender and creamy. Skim any excess fat,
 if necessary, before serving.