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.
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