2cupsdried beans(Yellow Eye, Great Northern, Navy)
½cupmaple syrup or molasses
1small onion(chopped or sliced)
4tablespoonsfat of your choice(vegetable oil, bacon fat, salt pork, coconut oil, butter.)
Hot water to cover beans
Sea salt, to taste
1large mixing bowl(12 cup capacity or larger)
1strainer or colander
1ovenproof covered casserole or bean pot(8 cup capacity or larger)
Select an ovenproof covered casserole or bean pot. (8 cup capacity or larger)
Pour 8 cups of water into a large mixing bowl. Add the 2 cups dried beans. Allow beans to soak at room temperature for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Drain the beans and return to the bowl. The beans will look wrinkly. Stir in the herbs & spices, chopped onion, applesauce, maple syrup and four tablespoons fat. Spoon the mixture into the covered casserole or bean pot.
Cover the bean mixture with hot water. Bake in a 300-degree oven, checking the beans and covering with more water as necessary. Bake until beans are tender and the skins start to split, about 6 hours.
Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Season to taste with sea salt if needed.
Serve, or spoon into containers and refrigerate or freeze. Makes about 5 ½ cups beans.
Nutritional analysis per ½ - cup beans: 202 calories, 7.5 grams protein, 34 grams carbohydrates, 4.6 grams fat, 75 mg. sodium, 7.2 grams fiber.