Boston Baked Beans

Remove and discard any stones from beans; rinse and drain. In 2 1/2 quart casserole, combine beans and 6 cup water.
In microwave, cook, covered, on high 16-22 minutes until boiling. Cook on high 2 minutes. Remove and let stand, covered, 1 hour. Cook, covered, at medium ,50% power, 30-40 minutes until beans are tender, but not soft.
Press cloves into onion; add with remaining ingredients to casserole. Cook, covered, on high 30-40 minutes, stirring 4 times, until beans are soft. If desired, remove and discard onion before serving.