I decided to make real baked beans and used a recipe from The Feast Nearby
I really enjoyed this book and the gingerbread loaf was a hit.
So, last night I put the northern beans on to soak for 12 hrs. She said the baking soda in the soak was optional, but, I included it.
After emptying out the soaking water, she has you put 1/4 lb sliced salt pork in with the 1 lb of beans and water, bring to a boil (I skimmed off the foam even tho recipe did not say to do so) and then simmered 2 hrs. By this time, they were getting mushy. You are then to discard the salt pork that you boiled with the beans.
Then, you're to layer them in a pot with bay leaf, 1/2 sliced onion, 1 cup sulphured molasses (I only had unsulphured so I used that), 2 T Dijon and the rest of the salt pork (another 3/4 lb.)
You are supposed to bake this at 325 F for 4-6 hrs. I stopped all this after 3 hrs because beans were mushy AND not edible because WAY TOO SALTY. I'd been thinking all along a pound of salt pork for a pound of beans was A LOT.
So, I have to throw it all out. I've been looking at other recipes on the internet and some only call for a 1/2 lb of salt pork. (Could mine have been saltier than most? I got it from a very reputable store. Now, I want nothing more to do with salt pork.)
Any ideas? Do you have a recipe that you love?