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When I make lima beans, I like to make a really big batch. They freeze extremely well so don't worry if you overdo it. I start with 3 to 4 pounds of dried lima beans. I rinse them, put them in a pot and cover with four or 5 inches of water. Then I soak these overnight or longer. They plump up a lot by morning and most of the water will be gone.

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When you're ready to cook the soaked beans, drain off the rest of the soaking water and add back fresh water. Enough to cover the beans about an inch or two.

For flavoring I add salt, pepper, one bay leaf, and a seasoning called Smoke, which is mostly smoked paprika. All of this goes into the water with the beans.
My FAVORITE beans... and you've made me very hungry! :-P~
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