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Old-Fashioned Baked Beans

April 14, 2011

3 cups (1 1/2lb) dried navy beans
3/4 lb salt pork
1 medium onion
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 cup light molasses

1. Day before serving: Wash beans, discarding imperfect ones. Cover beans with 2 quarts cold water; refrigerate, covered, overnight.

2. Next day: Drain beans. Turn beans into 6-quart kettle. Cover with 2 quarts cold water.

3. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid.

4. Preheat oven to 300F.

5. Trim rind from salt pork. Cut pork almost through, at 1/2 inch intervals.

6. Place onion in bottom of 4-quart bean pot or casserole. Add beans; bury pork, cut side down, in center of beans.

7. Heat reserved bean liquid to boiling.

8. Combine remaining ingredients. Stir in 1 cup boiling bean liquid. Pour over beans. Add about 1 1/2 cups boiling liquid just to cover beans.

9. Bake, covered, 6 hours. Stir once every hour, so beans cook evenly. If they seem dry after stirring, add a little boiling water.

10. To brown top of beans, remove cover for last 30 minutes of baking time.

Makes 8 Servings.

©Copyright 1973 by The McCalls Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

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