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       Title: Refried Beans
  Categories: Mexican, Side dishes, Beans
       Yield: 8 servings
  
       1 lb Dried Pinto Beans
       1 tb Salt
       3    Garlic Cloves
       1 tb Sugar
     1/2 c  Bacon Drippings
     1/4 c  Bacon Drippings
  
       Pick over beans to remove rocks and bad beans.  Wash and put in
   large pot with sugar.  Add enough cold water to cover* and heat to
   boiling. Cover and simmer for 3 hours or until beans are soft, adding
   additional water when necessary* during cooking.  Add 1/2 cup bacon
   drippings, salt and garlic.  Cook at least 1 hour more, stirring
   occasionally.  Can be cooked for more than 4 hours or overnight if
   there is enough water.
        Heat 1/4 cup bacon drippings or lard in a large skillet and add
   beans. Stir frequently, until beans are reheated.  Mash with a fork
   or potato masher.  Brown beans until dry and a little crusty,
   stirring frequently. Add salt, if needed, to taste.
   
   Note 1:  *Begin with water at least twice as deep as beans.  When
   beans have finished swelling, add liquid as needed to keep level a
   little above the top of the beans.
   
   Note 2:  Bacon drippings or lard give the best flavor, but for those
   concerned with cholesterol levels, vegetable oil may be substituted.
   
   Note 3:  If desired, one or more of the following may be added to
   beans during frying.
      Grated cheese to taste
      Chopped chilis
      Diced onion
      Crisp, crumbled bacon
   
   Note 4:  If beans become to thick, thin with a little milk.
  
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