2 quarts fresh green beans or 3 cans (16 ounces each) green beans
3 pounds to 4 pounds ham or ham hocks
3 to 4 medium size potatoes - cook until barely soft, if using with canned
1-1/2 cups water for cooking the ham + 2 additional cups water if using
fresh green beans. Do not drain canned green beans.
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Trim all visible fat from the ham. Place the ham in a crock pot, add 1-1/2
cups water; set on high and cook for 2 to 3 hours. Reduce heat to low. Add the remaining ingredients, cover, and cook on low for about 5 more hours or until the beans are tender, if using fresh green beans and potatoes. Cook on low for 2 to 3 hours if using canned green
beans and potatoes. Remove the ham. Discard the fat and bones; cut or shred
the ham. Return the ham to the crock pot and cook on high for about 15 to 20 more minutes.