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Baked Beans Recipe

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Sandra Allen


1 lb. navy beans
1 teaspoon baking soda
water, to cover
1 teaspoon salt
3 ounces ham or 3 ounces cooked bacon (4 slices, thick cut best)
1⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
1 medium onion, chopped (optional)
1 bay leaf (optional)


1) Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 6 cups water.
Bring water to a boil.

2) Sort through beans for debris. Add navy beans to
water. Boil 10 minutes. Turn off heat. Cover pot.
Let sit overnight. Rinse beans well.

3) Add beans and all other ingredients to oven
proof pot with tight fitting lid. Stir well. Add water
until beans are just covered. Cover pot with lid.

4) Bake 5 to 6 hours at 300F. Every hour stir and
add water to cover if beans are drying out.

5) Final product should be a thick and not runny.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6 (10 cups)




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