Yield: Yields about 7 cups.
The larger yellow-eye beans will take about an hour longer to cook than navy beans and may need more water added as they cook. Keep in mind that all beans will vary in their cooking times due not only to size but to age as well. If you can’t find salt pork, you can substitute the same amount of slab bacon, resulting in a smoky flavor that’s untraditional but tasty.
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The story of Native Americans baking beans in cauldrons in the ground is laughable. Where did they get these pots before the Pilgrims? Baked beans in the colonies began as something that would cook without tending, as active cooking wasn't allowed on the sabbath.Anyway, if you cook this as written, you're in trouble. Instead of 250 degrees uncovered, cook it at 300 degrees covered for the first three hours, then uncovered for the rest. Turns out good after about six hours.
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