10 Things to Know About Boston Baked Beans

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It was common practice in Colonial America to cook a big pot of beans in a brick oven or open hearth on Saturday and let it sit even after the fire died; the retained warmth in the bricks kept the beans warm so the Puritans could have a hot, hearty meal on Sunday without actually having to cook (which was against Sabbath rules and regulations). The tradition of eating baked beans and brown bread as Sunday supper continued for centuries, even if the cooking implements changed radically.