The first time I tried to make my own beans, I failed. No…it was actually a major fail. They stuck. The house smelled awful for DAYS. It was not a fun experience.
So when I mentioned trying it again, my Hubby wasn’t enthusiastic. I could see his point. The stench of burned beans isn’t exactly a “welcome home” scent. But I eventually talked him into it. My new method seemed pretty foolproof.
And it turned out to be a hit! After trying it just one time, I swore I would never make beans any other way again.
Need more reasons to give ham and beans a try?
- It’s pretty easy to do when you use your crock pot. (Although it does require you to begin the evening before, it’s not difficult.)
- It’s frugal. I love finding creative ways to use my leftovers. Even better, you’ll sometimes find that friends and family offer you the ham bone after a ham dinner. That makes this frugal meal even more cost effective!
- It’s great comfort food. My whole family enjoys eating Ham and Beans when the weather is chilly!
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How to Make Ham and Beans
You will need:
- 2 c dried beans (One small bag. I like to use small red beans. You could also try a bag of soup beans.)
- 7 c water
- leftover ham: You can use more if your family really enjoys meat, or less (as little as a ham bone) if you are trying to save money on this meal.
- 1 t garlic
- 1 t onion flakes
- 2 t Italian seasoning
This is a recipe that you’ll need to plan to serve in advance.
The night before you should put your dried beans in the crock pot. As you pour the beans in, check for any “less than perfect” beans and “not even beans” items like small rocks (I don’t usually find much, but it’s worth a look). Cover the beans with 7 cups of water, put on your lid, and leave it on the counter. Do not turn on your Crock Pot.
The next morning, pour the water off of your beans. They should have increased in size quite a bit. Sprinkle your seasonings (garlic, onion, Italian seasonings) over the beans. Lay your ham on top. Pour 8 cups of water over all (if your pot won’t quite hold 8 cups, using a little less won’t hurt). Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
We especially enjoy Ham and Beans with a side of this World’s Best Honey Cornbread (which, FYI, really is the world’s best).
- 2 c dried beans
- ham: Use as much as you like, but as little as a ham bone works fine.
- 1 t garlic
- 1 t onion flakes
- 2 t Italian seasonings
- This is a recipe that you'll need to plan to serve in advance. The night before you should put your dried beans in the Crock Pot. As you pour them in check for less than perfect beans and other non bean items (this generally isn't too big of a problem).
- Cover the beans with 7 cups of water, put on your lid, and leave it on the counter. Do not turn on your Crock Pot.
- The next morning, pour the water off of your beans. They should have increased in size quite a bit.
- Sprinkle your seasonings over the beans.
- Lay your ham on top.
- Pour 8 cups of water over all (if your pot won't quite hold 8 cups, using a little less won't hurt).
- Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Enjoy!
Expect to make this recipe often.