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Maritime Home Baked Beans

Maritime Home Baked Beans

Maritime Home Baked Beans

There is something comforting about recipes and food from your childhood. It can bring a sense of security, well being and even joy from those early days.
The story goes that when I was 3 or 4 years old, the only thing I wanted to eat was my mom's baked beans. This worried her so much that she even asked our doctor if that was ok. His answer was if "that's what he wants to eat, then that's what he should get." 
Now in the 60's, we didn't have all the nutrition information available to us now, nor the variety. One thing we did have was beans. A great source of protein, vitamins, and fiber. Everything a growing boy needs to eat. So I ate them, a lot. and to this day still, love Maritime Home Baked Beans.

 My Homemade Baked Beans

My Homemade Baked Beans

 

Here's what we need:

1 lb red Kidney Beans, soaked in water overnight
1 whole peeled onion
1/4 lb Salt Pork Fat
1 tablespoon of dried mustard
1 cup of Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 cups of chicken or beef stock
1 Cup of Ketchup

Soak your Kidney Beans overnight in a large bowl, covered with about 2" of water, then cover the bowl.
Drain Kidney beans, then add to oven-safe pot and put on the stove. Cover with fresh water about 2". When beans start to boil reduce heat to medium simmer.
After 30 to 40 minutes, take a bean and squish in your fingers. If it is soft, remove beans from heat and drain in a colander. 
Add all your remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the ketchup, stir and put in a 350-degree oven covered for 3 hours.
After 3 hours, add ketchup, stir, and keep in oven for an additional hour at 300 degrees.
Serve with some brown bread, hot dogs or whatever you would like.

Enjoy
Chef Mike

 

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