In a large bowl, combine bean mix ingredients. Divide into six batches, 1-1/2 cups each. Store in airtight containers in a cool dry place for up to 1 year.
Yield: 9 cups of mix (six batches of soup-each batch makes 2-1/2 quarts and serves 8-10).
To make one batch of soup: Place 1-1/2 cups bean mix in a
Dutch oven; cover with water by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; let stand for 1 hour. Drain, discarding liquid. Return beans to kettle; add water.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender.
Add the onion, carrot, chili powder, salt, pepper and cloves. Return to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Add sausage, tomatoes and lemon juice; simmer 15-20 minutes longer