Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Baked Beans

1 lb Pinto Beans
½ cup chopped Onoins
2 cups Water
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
½ cup Molasses
1 ½ tsp Mustard Powder
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Pepper
2 cups Ketchup or BBQ Sauce
1 cup Maple Syrup
2 cups water
½ cup  Cider Vinegar
Healthy Dash of Liquid Smoke

Add dry beans to Dutch oven and add 8 cups of water to cover. Cook on high till the beans comes to a boil for about two minutes and turn off the heat, cover and let the beans sit in the pot covered for 30 to 45 minutes. Once the beans have sat they will have absorbed a lot of the water. Drain the beans through a colander and then add 8 cups of fresh water and add the onions. Cook the beans again for 15 minutes at a full boil.
In the meantime, in another saucepan mix 2 cups of water, molasses, vinegar, salt, pepper, ketchup or BBQ, maple syrup, mustard, liquid smoke and brown sugar, cook to get a slow boil. It should be sweet tasting but not thick.

Prepare 6 pint jars. Using a slotted spoon fill the jars 3/4 full of the beans and onion mixture. Once all the jars are filled ladle the sweet sauce into the jars leaving 1" headspace to leave room for expansion. Process the jars in a pressure canner at 11 pounds of pressure for 75 minutes.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Homemade Honey Mustard

1/2 cup yellow mustard seeds
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 cup honey

Soak the mustard seeds in the vinegar and water, making sure the seeds are covered by the liquid. Leave soaking overnight.

Add the sugar and honey to the seeds mixture. Blend mixture until it reaches desired consistency, adding water if needed. Ladle into quarter pint jar and process in water bath for 15 minutes. The mustard will at first seem extremely spicy, but will mellow out after about a week.