First, I'm going to open my beans and pour them into a colander.
Once, my pinto beans are in the colander, I'm going to rinse them to remove any foreign items...lol.
Since, I'm making a large pot of beans I'm going to need about 8-10 cups of water. You'll want to make sure that your beans are completely covered with water.
Then, I'm going to add my beans to the water.
Then, bring the beans to a boil take them off the heat. Allow them to sit for about an hour.
When they have finished sitting, you will drain them again.
Drain and rinse your beans in your colander.
Add another 8-10 cups of fresh water, ham, and seasonings. I just use a little pepper, because I want to get all the flavor from the ham. I didn't use any salt, because the ham is salty enough.
Be sure to taste before adding any salt. Feel free to use whatever seasonings you prefer
I like my juices thick with my beans, therefore in a separate bowl I added 1/4 cup of cornstarch or flour and 1/4 cup of water to make a thickening paste.
Then, slowly add your thickening paste to the boiling beans and ham. Be sure to stir as you add it in. Cover with lid and allow to cook on medium heat for about two hours.
Check them periodically you should not have to add more water.
After cooking for two hours your beans should be tender, your ham should've cooked off the bone, and your juices should be nice and savory.