8 ingredients to an inexpensive healthy easy to make Southern White Beans

There is nothing better than an old fashion pot of Southern white beans and a piece of buttery cornbread.  This post gives you easy steps and tips to make these Southern White Beans with ham in your Slow Cooker or Dutch oven.

  

3 Main Benefits of Preparing Dried Beans

  • Dried beans are one of the most inexpensive foods you can make.
  • They are full of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and even calcium.
  • They are also easy to make using a slow cooker, stockpot, or even a pressure cooker.

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My Aunt Dot

My dad’s sister, my Aunt Dot, still tells this story about me and beans.  She was watching me, my oldest brother, and younger brother when I was three years old while my mother was at the hospital having my youngest sister.  My aunt was in the kitchen, fixing a pot of white beans, and I was extremely polite, trying to talk her out of fixing the beans.  I was saying things like, “Aunt Dot, You do not have to go to so much trouble fixing those beans for me.” I am impressed that I was this smart at three years old.

The Truth

The truth was that I did like the beans because we ate them so often; I was hoping to have something different.  Today, I do not eat them as often, but when I do, I enjoy them.  They are incredibly delicious and comforting.  Sometimes, all I want for dinner is a bowl of white beans and a piece of melt in your mouth, cornbread.

Tips for Fixing Southern White Beans

When I fix these beans in my cast-iron stockpot, I let them simmer for 2 hours or until they are tender.  If you are preparing these beans in the crock-pot, allow them to cook 10 to 12 hours on low and 5 to 6 hours on high for them to get tender.  Once the beans are tender, remove the bay leaves and the ham bone. 

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Soak Dry Beans

When you soak your beans, it softens the seed coat, which reduces the cooking time.

  • Before you soak your dry beans, sift through the beans for tiny rocks, broken beans, or even moldy beans. Try spreading your beans on a baking sheet so you can see them more accessible.
  • Rinse the beans thoroughly. Rinsing will get rid of any excess dirt.
  • Add enough water to cover the beans at least a couple inches.
  • If you cut a bean open and it has a dry spot, the beans need more time soaking.

To Salt or Not To Salt Beans When Soaking

Adding salt or no salt is an age-old question.  My recommendation is to soak a pound of beans with two tablespoons of kosher salt and 4 quarts of water.   The salt is helping to reduce the number of beans that burst.

Drain and rinse your beans before cooking and salt additional salt in the cooking process when you add your freshwater.

How Long To Soak Beans

You can soak your beans for 24 hours on the refrigerated or unrefrigerated.  If you do not cook them after 24 hours of soaking the beans, refrigerate them.

Never soak your beans longer than 24 hours at room temperature.  They will go bad and begin to ferment and go bad.  You can soak them in the refrigerator for three days.

Cover the beans with only cold water to soak your beans.  Hot water will cause them to sour.  If beans are not soaked at least 8 hours, cooking time will be a lot longer.

How do you soak beans quickly?

How to soak beans is a question that gets asked often.  It is always better to soak beans overnight for at least 8 hours, but you can soak beans quickly using this method.

Soak Beans Quickly On The Stovetop

  • Wash and pick out the bad beans.
  • Cover the beans with at least two-inch of water over the beans. The more, the better.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off.
  • Place a lid on the beans and let them soak for an hour.
  • Next, drain the beans and rinse them thoroughly.

Dry Bean Soaking Hacks

Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of dried beans.  Beans cooked with baking soda cook much faster than without the baking soda.

Baking soda will also help break down the bean’s natural gas.

Add a lot of water!  Most beans take one to two hours to cook.  As they cook, the water level in the pot lowers.  To start, cover the beans with at least two inches of water or more.  As the water level drops, add some more to cover the beans.

Discard Bean Soaking Water

Soaking the beans cleans the beans more thoroughly.  So, it is best to discard the water the beans have been soaking in and rinse thoroughly before cooking.  When cooking the beans, add fresh water.  Cover the beans with several inches of water—the more water, the better.

Steps To Cooking White Beans In A Slow Cooker

  • After soaking the beans overnight, rinse them thoroughly.
  • Add the ham bone, beans, diced onions, granulated garlic, bay leaves, sugar, black pepper, and Cajun seasoning and enough water to cover the beans.
  • Cook on high 5 hours.

Steps To Cooking White Beans In A Dutch Oven

  • After soaking the beans overnight, rinse and drain the beans well.
  • Add the ham bone and bring it to a boil.
  • Cover the beans with water.
  • Combine the beans, diced onions, granulated garlic, bay leaves, sugar, black pepper, and Cajun seasoning.
  • Cover and simmer for 2 hours until beans are tender.

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Southern White Beans

There is nothing better than an old fashion pot of white beans and a piece of buttery cornbread.  I will show you how easy it is to make these Southern White Beans in both the slow cooker and dutch oven.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Entree or Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beans, Easter Sides, vegetables, white beans
Servings: 12
Calories: 135kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dried navy beans cover with water and soak the beans overnight8 cups of water - The water should cover the beans about an inch
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 ham bone I like to use a Country Hambone or a Honey Ham Bone. Both of these ham bones are great. You can also use bacon or a ham hock.
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 bay leaves remove before serving the beans
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • enough water to cover the beans

Instructions

  • COOKING BEANS IN DUTCH OVEN
  • After soaking and rinsing your beans, add enough clean water to cover the beans.
  • Add the water and the ham bone and bring it to a boil.
  • Combine the beans, onions, and seasonings.
  • Cover and simmer for 2 hours until beans are tender.
  • If you are eating the beans as a side dish, you may not want to add additional water when it evaporates. If you are eating them as soup, add additional water as it evaporates.
  • COOKING WHITE BEANS IN SLOW COOKER
  • After soaking the beans overnight, rinse them well.
  • Add the ham bone, beans, onions, and seasonings.
  • Cook on high 5 hours.

Notes

Soak Dry Beans

When you soak your beans, it softens the seed coat, which reduces the cooking time.
  • Before you soak your dry beans, sift through the beans for tiny rocks, broken beans, or even moldy beans. Try spreading your beans on a baking sheet so you can see them more accessible.
  • Rinse the beans thoroughly. Rinsing will get rid of any excess dirt.
  • Add enough water to cover the beans at least a couple inches.
  • If you cut a bean open and it has a dry spot, the beans need more time soaking.

Discard Bean Soaking Water

Soaking the beans cleans the beans more thoroughly.  So, it is best to discard the water the beans have been soaking in and rinse thoroughly before cooking.  When cooking the beans, add fresh water.  Cover the beans with several inches of water—the more water, the better.

Steps To Cooking White Beans In A Slow Cooker

  • After soaking the beans overnight, rinse them well.
  • Add the ham bone, beans, diced onions, granulated garlic, bay leaves, sugar, black pepper, and Cajun seasoning, and enough water to cover the beans.
  • Cook on high 5 hours.

Steps To Cooking White Beans In A Dutch Oven

  • After soaking the beans overnight, rinse and drain the beans well.
  • Add the ham bone and bring it to a boil.
  • Cover the beans with water.
  • Combine the beans, diced onions, granulated garlic, bay leaves, sugar, black pepper, and Cajun seasoning.
  • Cover and simmer for 2 hours until beans are tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg
8 Ingredients To An Inexpensive Healthy Easy To Make Southern White Beans.
8 Ingredients To An Inexpensive Healthy Easy To Make Southern White Beans

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