Sweet Beans

3 c dried beans

10 c water, divided

3 c sugar, divided

1 1/2 tsp salt

Rinse dried beans and soak overnight in 9 cups of water. Bring to a boil, add 1 cup of water. Skim scum as necessary. Cook for 1-2 hours over medium-low heat until beans are tender. Once beans are tender, add 1 cup sugar. Cook for 10 minutes. Add another cup of sugar. Cook for 10 minutes. Add last cup of sugar. Cook for 1 hour. Add salt and cook for 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove beans from liquid and place in a large, heat-proof bowl. Set aside. Boil sauce for 15 minutes. Pour over beans. Pack into containers and refrigerate.