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Baked Beans

This is a simple recipe, just a bit of chopping and then leave it alone to bubble away in a slow cooker. If you do not own a slow cooker then fret not! This can just as easily be made on the stove top.

If you only read one bit of this READ THIS BIT! Salt is the enemy of dried beans, if you add salt before they are fully cooked then they will never soften. The salt reacts with the bean and a shield of reinforced concrete forms around the bean they will be horrid and will stay that way. However it is important to get as much flavour into them as they cook, just no salt – that includes soy sauce, stock cubes. Once fully cooked add salt to taste whilst the beans are hot and that way the salting will get into them.

I have used ‘Liquid Smoke’, I like that almost barbecue taste, you can get this on line from Amazon and I’m still seeing deliveries, however most of the ingredients listed can be substituted with something that yo might prefer. I hate celery, but it’s in this recipe and I’m OK with that. i’ve spiked this recipe with a lot of chilli flakes, you use as little or as much as you feel.

OK so ere goes…

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Baked Beans
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Prep Time 20 Mins
Cook Time 3 Hours
Passive Time 2.5 Hours
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 Mins
Cook Time 3 Hours
Passive Time 2.5 Hours
Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
First pre-boil the beans
  1. Soak your beans in cold water overnight, they will go from tiny bullets to bigger and plumper. If you do not have time to soak your beans don't worry they will turn out fine but according to some people they tend to make more gas is not soaked. I'm no scientist so don't ask me.
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  2. Before you start chopping the veg put your beans on to boil. Check through the beans for any that are black and discard them. Use plenty of fresh water (no salt) and bring the beans up to a boil. Boil them hard for at least 15 mins. Change the water and put them back on to boil again. There are chemicals in some beans that are not good for us unless well boiled. Once the beans come back to the boil cook them on medium for another 40 mins.
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Make the baked beans
  1. Chop Onion, celery, carrot and peppers into roughly the same size. Tip all the ingredients into a slow cooker (or a large heavy pan if cooking on the stove top). It is important that you include all of your flavourings now to get this into the beans but still do not add any salt. I only use 1 can of chopped tomatoes here, the veg will release quite a bit of liquid. Rinse out the can with hot water to get every bit of tomato out of the tin.
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  2. Cook the beans for 2-3 hours on high in a slow cooker. If you are working on a stove top a medium heat for about an hour and a half. If you prefer you could use the stove top to bring the beans up to boil and then a fitted lid and into an oven 180C for an hour and a half.
  3. Once your cooking time is up take a bean out and give it a squeeze it should break apart without have gritty fibres in it. Keep an eye on the beans you don't want to end up with mush. Now is the time to taste add salt and mix well. Then add a little more salt until you are happy.
Recipe Notes

This makes 12 healthy portions of baked beans.  They will keep in the fridge for several days. Erik and I like to eat them cold with a little yoghurt, warm on toast or even as a base for soup.  This batch was chilli hot (OK so perhaps Erik is right... a little too hot - but don't tell him I said so).
Adapt, adjust the recipe to include things you have in the fridge that need using up and add in different flavours that you want.

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3 Comments

  • Jo Williams 25th March 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Yummy

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  • Kathy Rhodes 26th March 2020 at 11:06 am

    Looks lovely. In these straightened days of shopping when dear Mr Heinz’s beany delights are firmly in the unavailable category I think you could be on to a winner here?
    When does the book come out?
    Rev. Mumx

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  • Sergio 30th March 2020 at 9:48 am

    that looks delicious! I may even try that

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