Baked Beans my Grandma's Favourite!

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You can buy canned baked beans in every supermarket and start right away, just make sure that the beans look thick and caramely.

Ingredients

Beans
A small cup of salt water
1 stalk of celery
1/2 chopped onions
Butter
2 tablespoons of flour
1 bay leaf
Garlic
Chili (optional)
Sausage (optional)
Worcestershire sauce (optional)

Method

Adding salt to boiling water is a normal thing and habit for many cooks. But when cooking beans, it is important not to add salt at the beginning of the process. If salt is added, this will harden the bean skins, making them less palatable. For the desired soft texture from dried beans, add salt at the end of the cooking time.

Preheat oven to 180C. Drain beans and place in a large saucepan. Cover well with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer until cooked, about 30 minutes. Drain and reserve. Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Subsequently add onion, garlic, bacon (optional), pepper and salt and cook gently until soft, about 15 minutes. You can also add wine and reduce by two-thirds. Add tomatoes, bay leaves, and beans. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and bake for one hour, stirring occasionally. Although there are hundreds of different recipes like Bourbon Baked Beans, Kansas Baked Beans or Boston Baked Beans etc. this is one recipe that can be prepared within no time!

Why Baked Beans ?

It’s a recipe that fitts to non vegetarians and vegetarians. And since convenience is one of it’s benefit, certainly the public audience can be young adults or moderate income people. Many people around the world think it is a myth that baked beans are healthy but in fact the rumour is true – baked beans are one of the best things humans can eat!

Research done in the United States found that the nutrients found in many vegetables, fruits, and red wine are also found in the skin of beans. In recent years, we have learnt that antioxidants protect us from the effects of aging and diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

This means that beans are one of the best forms of nutrition available for humans. It doesn’t mean you should begin a diet of baked beans on toast for the rest of your life. But you should aim to have them at least once a week. Keep in mind that all beans are good, not just cans of baked beans. Buy different varieties and fry them up with tomato, garlic and onion or other veggies. Or, buy dried beans by the bag, and make great soups using a slow cooker. They’re cheap by the bag so you’ll save hard earned money.

Think again! they could add a couple of years to your life! Mamma mia!

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