Northern Beans & Ham

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1 pound dry Great Northern beans
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ pound cooked ham, diced
1 Tablespoon minced onion
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
several dashes of black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon dried parsley

Rinse beans in a large pot; discard shriveled beans and any small stones. Add 8 cups of cold water and 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Let stand overnight or at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse beans.

Return beans to pot and add ham, onion, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne and parsley. Add enough water to cover everything in the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 1 ½ to 2 hours, until beans are tender. Add more water if necessary during cooking time.

Serve with some homemade cornbread! Yum!

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