For those of you who have hard beans you may need to put 1/8 tsp of baking soda in your water when soaking (this is stated on the back of the navy bean bag for hard water or use bottle water). I was scared after reading many reviews but my beans came out soft in the amount of time stated in the recipe. I did use the quick method, used the water they boiled and sat in for an hour. I also filled my crock pot up with this water to more than cover the beans while cooking. As others stated used a can of tomato paste during the cooking process, and then at the end used some ketchup and mustard. Also used cut up pieces of country ham for the meat and a small vadilia onion. Taking to the lake today, looking forward to hearing great reviews.
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For those of you who have hard beans you may need to put 1/8 tsp of baking soda in your water...