Recently my grandmother passed, and she has been my garden confidant and canning champion the past few years. I don't have anything to can from the garden yet, so I decided to try to can a big batch of Boston baked beans instead. It felt like a simple way to keep her close to my heart. When I work in my garden each year, I will certainly be thinking of her.
I got two large bags of Great Northern beans and soaked them overnight. Then I drained them and topped off with fresh water. I boiled them until the skins started to split. I layered them in my two hugest baking pans with chopped onions, green peppers, bacon, and a sauce made from molasses, salt, dry mustard, the water I boiled them in, and brown sugar. I baked them for 3 hours at 325.
They had to be processed in the pressure canner for 85 minutes. It was a long day to make these beans, but I ended up with 16 pints (plus a couple of pints I left out that we ate for dinner that night), and they have a great flavor. Plus, baked beans are so inexpensive to make!
Readers, are there ways you like to honor the memory of your relatives?