May contain natural foreign materials; sort and rinse before cooking. Quick Soak: Place 1 pounds beans (about 2 cups) in large saucepan with 6-8 cups water. Bring to a rapid boil on medium-high heat; boil 2 more minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans (discard soak water). Overnight Soak: Place 1 pound beans (about 2 cups) in large saucepan with 6-8 cups water. Cover and let stand overnight, or at least 6-8 hours. Drain and rinse beans (discard soak water). Cooking: After soaking, add 6 cups fresh water to beans. Cover and bring just to boiling on medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently, with lid tilted, about 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until desired tenderness. Stir very little to prevent breaking of skins; add water, if needed, during cook time. Makes about 6 cups cooked beans.