Due to poor weather conditions, Nancy and I were able to spend the whole day at home yesterday and today. Neither of us even crossed the road to get the mail yesterday. These are my favorite days!
I took advantage of the day at home yesterday by embarking on a new adventure: making from-scratch baked beans. I love Van Camp's pork and beans (doctored up, of course), so I've never tried baking beans from scratch before. However, after having read several recipes for baked beans in old cookbooks, I decided that I wanted to try it. Homemade baked beans have a total cooking time of about ten hours, so they are a dish that is well suited to the woodburning cookstove.
I started by re-reading several recipes. I first looked at the 1907 Malleable Range cookbook. This was an antique store find several years ago.
The recipe for baked beans in this cook book reads as follows:
Page 79 of this book has a recipe for "Baked Pork and Beans."
Entitled Early American Recipes, this cookbook was published in 1953. The bottom of the cover page says "Traditional Recipes from New England Kitchens," and the recipes certainly do reflect the flavors of that geographic area.
The last vintage cookbook that I consulted was the 1926 West Pottawattamie County Farm Bureau Women's Cook book.
|The pot of baked beans resting on the open oven door of the|
Margin Gem cookstove.