Old Fashioned Baked Beans Print
2 cups white pea beans (or Great Northern or Navy beans)
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 lb (3) beef frankfurters or bacon
2 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp prepared mustard or 1 tsp dry mustard
2 cups boiling water (from beans in cooking)
3/4 cup ketchip
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 medium onion, finely chopped

     Rinse beans and place in a 4-quart with 6 cups water; cover and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 1 hour. Drain; add 6 cups more water, salt and oil. Return to boil and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer covered for 1 hour or until beans are tender. Drain beans, reserving the liquid.
     If using frankfurters, slice and brown them slightly in skillet or crisp bacon and crumble. Add to beans. Add the molasses, mustard, sugar, ketchup and bean liquid. Stir; remove from heat. Place beans in 2-quart casserole or bean pot, add frankfurters and pour over ketchup mixture; combine. Cover and bake in preheated 300°F oven for 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours or until as thick as desired.
     *Variations: If frankfurters or bacon is omitted, 1/4 tsp liquid smoke may be added. 1/4 cup coffee may replace 1/4 cup bean liquid. Part of ketchup could be replaced with an equal amount of chili sauce. 1/4 tsp ground ginger and 1/4 tsp garlic powder can also be added depending on your taste.

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