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Great Northern Bean Soup

Unless you have a lot of briquettes, this recipe should probably be done over a camp stove. It takes 4 hours to make.

Place the beans and enough water to cover in the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the beans soak for 1 hour. Drain and rinse the beans.

Put the beans back in the Dutch oven, along with the water and the ham hock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours. Do not boil. Skim any fat if necessary.

Add the onion, carrot, parsley, potatoes, salt and pepper, then simmer for 1 hour longer. Do not boil. Remove the meat and bones from the soup.

Remove the meat from the bones, dice it and return to the soup. Heat through. Garnish with parsley or chives.