preserving the harvest

BAKED BEANS (MEALS IN JARS)

My family has always loved Bush’s Baked Beans. While wasting time searching Pinterest diligently for healthy meals to feed this hungry brood, I found this recipe! Several people have posted it, they are all the same basic recipe, so I can’t credit the original recipe to one person. But, whoever she is, I love her!

I can’t say these taste like Bush’s per se, but they are very good, and I am more than happy to be able to serve my family something that I know has no added ingredients, preservatives, or GMO’s, and I can pronounce everything in them.
INGREDIENTS
2 cups dried Navy Beans
1 small onion, diced
2 tablespoons sucanant (or brown sugar) *
1/2 cup sorghum syrup (or molasses) **
1 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon sea salt (or kosher salt)
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cups ketchup
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
Want to see my bucket of beans?
Wasn’t that exciting?? I’ll try to do better next time 🙂
Prepare 4 pint jars according to standard accepted practices… you know, wash in warm soapy water, and sterilize in boiling water until ready to use.
Place 1/2 cup dried beans and 1 tablespoon diced onion into each jar.
In a large pot, heat all the remaining ingredients just to the boiling point. Ladle the sauce carefully into each jar, leaving one inch headspace. (I left a little more to allow for expansion.)
Wipe the rims, place 2 piece lids on the jars, and process in a pressure canner at the recommended pressure for your elevation for 1 hour and 15 minutes. FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S DIRECTIONS FOR OPERATION OF YOUR PRESSURE CANNER.
* The original recipe called for brown sugar but I substituted an equal amount of organic sucanant.
** The original recipe called for molasses but I didn’t have any, so I substituted sorghum instead. I really like the tang it added.
This sauce is very good but sweet. For the next batch I will probably omit the sucanant all together. I just don’t think it’s needed.

I can hardly wait to try these!


 

 

 

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