Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Home Canned Baked Beans

These beans are "baked" only in the sense of their flavor.  We love them.  My favorite baked beans are my mother's - she buys Bush's Baked Beans and then doctors them up.  Well, I think these baked beans are equally delicious and I can make them with local, organic ingredients if I choose.  I love to take a jar of these on vacation for a British breakfast or beans and weenies.

Home Canned Baked Beans - originally from Mennonite Country Style with tweaks by me

4 cups dry navy beans
1/4 lb. chopped bacon
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. black pepper
dash cayenne

Soak the navy beans for at least 8 hours in water to cover by two inches.  Cook 1 hour in the same water.  Reserve 2 1/2 cups bean liquid and drain the rest off.  Mix  rest of ingredients into drained beans along with bean liquid.  Place in quart or pint jars, leaving 2" headspace.  Process in pressure canner at 10 lbs. pressure, 75 minutes for pints and 90 minutes for quarts.  Yields about 8 pints.

These beans really siphon during canning.  "Siphoning" is when the liquid is forced out of the jars during processing, which results in a mess in the canning kettle and jars that don't seal as particles come between the seal on the lid and the jar rim.  Not good!  Whole tomatoes and salsa are also bad for siphoning.

To prevent siphoning, underfill jars and allow plenty of headspace.  In this batch of baked beans, I filled my jars too full because I didn't want to have 8 jars when my pressure canner only holds 7 quarts at a time - however, my effort was wasted because one jar didn't seal anyway due to siphoning, and it had to go into the freezer.  I need my freezer space for the eighth of beef we're getting this week!

I think I'm finally done with my canning, although I'll can stock occasionally as we eat turkey and chicken.  My next posts will be about other things, sewing, and. . . . news.


CGrace said...

This is getting pinned instanter. When there are no leftovers for lunch we like a Farmer's Lunch: boiled potatoes and hardboiled eggs seasoned with cider vinegar, salt and pepper and baked beans on the side. The eggs and potatoes are historical family fare with the b.b. is Aunt S's addition, I think. Odd but delicious.

Unknown said...

They look great - may have to try it sometime!

jenny_o said...

I'm glad you included the explanation of siphoning. I didn't realize that would happen, not that I do canning, but I still enjoy learning about it. And you never know when circumstances will change and you'll need to know things.

I'm looking forward to the sewing posts, as well!

Zoë said...

oh I've been impatiently waiting for this post! I'm pinning it, too. Thanks!

Tracy said...

I had never given a thought to home-canned baked beans. We only eat them 3-4 times each year, but it's an interesting idea!

My favorite thing to can these days is broth from chickens and turkeys. I seem to use this more than anything else on the shelves.

Margo said...

Tracy, I can stock frequently and I love it for soups. I don't really buy bouillon any more. Just canned some quarts of chicken stock yesterday. . .

Beth said...

I enjoy reading about your adventures, especially the food ones. The beans sound good! And the pink cloths are pretty, from the previous post.

News, hmm? Can't wait to check back in :-)