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Boston Baked Beans from Scratch

Boston Baked Beans from Scratch

Boston didn’t earn the nickname Bean Town for nothing. The origins of Boston Baked Beans actually date back to pre-colonial time with Native Americans cooking beans sweetened with maple syrup and served with a corn bread called mazium. When the Pilgrims arrived, they combined their rye flour with corn meal to create a new Brown Bread. Baked beans became a weekly staple. With Sunday being the Sabbath Day, every Saturday night beans were placed in a clay pot on the hearth of the fireplace to cook overnight to have the following day. During the late 1700s, Boston became a hub of the Triangle Trade where slaves, molasses, and other fine goods were imported from the West Indies. It is during this time period where the recipes had evolved to include molasses and salt pork. The bean pot had become a Boston symbol thanks to the Beverly Pottery Company of Beverly, Massachusetts. They produced thousands of miniature bean pots for Civil War troops to have as souvenirs, helping to solidify the iconic image with Boston. Enough with the history lesson. Here’s my Boston Baked Beans Recipe!


1 lb dried navy beans
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 lb salt pork
1⁄3 cup molasses
1⁄2 medium onion
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper


For this recipe you’ll first need to soak beans overnight, then In the morning, preheat the oven to 325°F.
Fill a dutch oven half way with water, and add the baking soda.
Once at a boil, add the beans and continue to boil for another 10 minutes.
Them drain the beans in a colander and chill them under running cold water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, set aside.
Slice the salt pork into 1-inch cubes. Add half of the pork and the onion to the bottom of the bean pot.
Pour the beans into the pot, and layer the remaining salt pork above the beans.
Combine the sugar, molasses, mustard, salt and pepper with 3 cups of hot water.
Once the seasoning are well blended pour over the beans.
Cover with the bean pot lid and place the pot into the preheated oven and bake for 6 hours.
Every hour or so, check pot make sure the amount of liquid is okay and that the beans remain moist. Like plants.dont over water them.
When finished, remove the pot from the oven and serve your Boston Baked Beans with a warm piece of Brown Bread.


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