I am 63 years old. Yes. I am. I have been trying, for decades, to make nice tender baked beans from scratch. Years ago, I used to buy canned pork and beans, add some brown sugar and ketchup, bake it together and call it baked beans and they were Really Yummy ~ however, in my never-ending quest for pennies to pinch, I started making them with dry beans.
I always soaked the beans and then cooked them with the sauce, using a variety of recipes that I found from time to time. Sometimes they tasted pretty good, but sometimes they didn't. The big problem was not the taste. The big problem was that no matter how many hours I baked them, the beans were never really nice and soft and tender like the canned beans... couldn't figure it out.
Then, like my friend, Stacy, I had a "Daily Duh." I thought maybe if I would soak and then cook the beans in water first, THEN put the baked beans recipe together and bake it, that might help. It Did
Sweet and flavorful and tender Baked Beans! Hooray!!! Now, WHY didn't I think of this before??
This post is linked up with Wardeh's Simple Lives Thursday #109
and Fantabulous Friday #26!