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Volume III
February, 2011

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Old Fashion Ham n'Beans

I don't know much from cookbooks...I'm just tryin' to fix up a good pot of old fashion ham n' beans in a slow cooker with real ham (not that pressed, regurgitated 'meat-byproduct' paste...the real-deal), but I always screw up with the bean-part. Hopefully I can figure out how it's done like my mother used to make. It was great and all-to-often, it was the only thing standing between us and nothing to eat.



Hi Richard,

Here’s how I like to cook beans:

First, presoak them. Cover your beans with cold water by 3-4 inches. Let the pot sit overnight, covered. OR, Cover your beans with cold water by 3-4 inches, bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the beans sit for 1 hour.

Next, drain the beans. Add them to your slow-cooker with your ham and any other ingredients you want to add for flavor (broth, onion, garlic, salt, tomatoes, etc.). Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high 4-6 hours or until beans are tender.

For more detailed information on various bean cooking techniques, follow this link:

Beans Glorious Beans!

Here’s a recipe for a guide. After soaking your beans, just toss the remaining ingredients in the slow-cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.

Baked Beans with Ham Hock

Happy Cook’n,


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