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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Slow Cooker Ham & White Beans



This is the last recipe from our Christmas ham.  I always look forward to finishing off the ham with a nice big bowl of white beans and slice of cornbread.  This recipe is super simple.  It uses a pound of dried beans and simmers all day in the crockpot with a big ham bone.  The Honey Baked Ham store sells ham bones year round (found that out on twitter).  If you don't have ham bone, use some ham shanks, ham hocks or just some chopped up ham.  I love the creaminess of white beans combined with the saltiness of the ham.  This is comfort food at its best!





Slow Cooker Ham & White Beans
(Printable Recipe)

1 lb package dried northern beans
ham bone, hocks, shanks or diced ham (about 1 pound)
2 tsp onion powder
6 cups water
salt & pepper to taste


Rinse and sort the beans for any pebbles. Add the the rinsed beans, onion powder, salt, pepper, and ham to the crock pot. Add water. Cover and cook on low about 8 hours, until beans are tender. Remove ham bone, shanks or hocks and pull off the meat. Add meat to the crock pot and mix. Serve with cornbread.

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141 comments:

  1. We're have white beans and cornbread on the menu for tomorrow.

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  2. I really luv those beans. I need to remember to cook them more often.

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  3. Please keep the slow cooker recipes coming! I made the cream cheese chili and it turned out so well!

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  4. So simple, yet so delicious! I can't wait to try this. Anything with beans, has me excited these days!

    xo. A Southern Bee Diary

    :)

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  5. So you don't have to soak the beans? Just put them in dry??? Sounds so good!!!

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  6. Yes - just throw them in dry. Isn't that great!

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  7. Hand me a bowl of this and a bottle of hot sauce and I'm in heaven.

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  8. This is on our menu for Monday. My Grandma used to make ham and beans for me when I was a little girl, so this is comfort food for me, too! Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. Just made the same thing for the hubs using a leftover bone. He loves this. But never thought to use the crock pot. SO much easier.

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  10. Ahh I think I found my soul mate here. My husbands name is Tad, I love to cook and bake, and I love that your blog is "Plain Chicken." The question is you you like "Naked Noodles" I too have expanded my eating selection as I get older, but still just love things simple. I will defiantly enjoy your blog:) Thanks

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  11. Great recipe everyone is re pinning it! Love the blog! Check mine out? Http://gigglingbites.blogspot.com

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  12. I just made Ham and Beans and am getting ready to blog about it. Tis the season. :) I'm so glad to find out that Honey Baked sells bones year round. Great information.

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  13. Found this on Pinterest. We will definitely be having this for dinner!

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  14. Found this on Pinterest...we had it for dinner last night--delicious! thanks for sharing!

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  15. I grew up eating this! Reminds me of Sunday afternoons in the winter at my grandparents' house. I've been craving it forever, and lo and behold - found the recipe here!

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  16. I have a 4 lb semi bonless ham. Can I just throw that in there with the beans and water?

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  17. I just made it and there is still SO much water...do I drain it?

    I used that 4 pound ham!!

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  18. If you like your bean soup with a little less liquid remove the lid and turn to high for a while. I think it is good to add 1-2 TBS brown sugar, it adds just a little something that this soup needs.

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  19. If I have a few cans of northern beans and wanted to make this in the crock pot, how would you recommend cooking it? Drain and rinse beans then add water? Cooking time and setting? Thanks!

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  20. Can the ham be in the crockpot the whole time?

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  21. This sounds so good! I have a nice big ham bone and I wondered what to do with it.
    But I always heard that salt will toughen the beans. Are great northern beans different somehow? Or have I been mistaken?
    Thanks!

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  22. My husband doesn't like the taste of the ham hocks..maybe I get smoked. Are there other cuts or bones that arent smoked?

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  23. Marisa - you can just use some diced up ham in the dish if you don't want to use the ham hock.

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  24. What size crockpot is used for this? I have many different sizes.

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  26. I am cooking this at home now. I used a Pork Butt Roast because I was worried about not having enough meat in the dish for my husband. I am hoping that it will work with the dish.

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  27. Saw this on Pinterest. It's in the slow cooker right now. It seemed like a tasty low budget meal. I had roma beans in the pantry and tins of ham, turkey and chicken. Combined all three so I would have close to the 1 lb of meat. I'm winging it and we will see how it turns out!

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  29. I live in South La. In our neck of the woods most of us cook our White beans with Salt Meat. To reduce the salt we boil the meat first. I will add my salt meat in the last 2 or 3 hours. This will be the first time I cook my beans in the crock pot.

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  30. I have started using smoked turkey legs instead of ham or ham hocks. Healthier and can't tell the difference

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  31. i bought navy beans instead of northern beans. Is that ok?

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  32. I've got this in the crockpot now! Looking forward to trying--thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

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  33. Going to the store today after work to make this! I haven't had it in years!

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  34. Making this for dinner tonight…The whole family is looking forward to it. I love that it is so simple!!

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  35. I've had this going for 8 hours and it's still real watery and the beans are tough... Any advice? I've turned it up to high for the last hour..

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  36. abby - it could be your crockpot. The beans shouldn't be tough after simmering for 8 hours.

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  37. thank you so much for posting this recipe, i have mine on right now, its a surprise dinner for hubby, i hope he likes it, thanks again

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  38. I bought a bone in 5.5 lb ham and pre cooked that overnight in the crockpot with some vegetable broth. It was falling of the bone this morning, enough to shred easily. I will put the meat back in the crock pot with the beans and chicken broth instead of water and whatever juices came from cooking the ham last night. I'll also use less beans since we like our soups a little thicker but so far it looks good. The ham wasn't salty at all either. I've always just thrown my beans in the crock without pre rinsing or boiling and they came out fine :).

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  39. Thanks,and the total cost for this meal was...$7.49 the most expensive thing was the smoked turkeylegs I used at $3.28! I love a great money saving meal idea!

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  40. Art_diesel - yes, you can freeze the leftovers

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  41. Could you cook them on high for 4-5 hours instead of low for 8??

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    1. Kar-Lyn - yes, you can cook this on high for 4-5 hours

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  42. Do you think adding onions would be good?? What about bacon??

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  43. Do you think adding onions would be good?? What about bacon??

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  44. Also, I am using a "center cut ham steak" (slice)....would I want that in there the whole 8 hours, or would I add it a little later?

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  45. Ryan - I think onions and/or bacon would be a great addition to the dish.

    I would chop up the ham steak and let it cook the whole 8 hours. The ham I used was already cooked and it was fine in the crockpot all day.

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  46. Just made this today and it was sooooooo good. And I have leftovers for work this week.

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  47. I'm making this today but I'm gonna use smoked Turkey necks instead of ham. :)

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  48. I am making is this week because publix has chunked ham pieces on sale BOGO this week.

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  49. I've always preferred smoked hamhocks, if available. Also, I put a little Tobasco in mine after its in the bowl.

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  50. I have a small three lb ham is that too big?
    I am thinking I wouldn't put as much water?
    Thanks

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  51. Bernadette - that is a larger ham than I usually use. I would cut the ham in pieces and you should be fine. I wouldn't cut the water down too much. The beans need enough water to cook.

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  52. Mines in the crock pot. I used 4 cups chicken broth and 2 cups water! Saw it in another recipe! Excited to try it!

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  53. Can I double the recipe? Would i need to double the water?How many would it feed, as written?

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  54. I pinned this and went to the store before actually reading. So i bought small white beans instead.bb of northern beans....will it make a difference? I hope not. Im rinsing the beans now.

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  55. Kayla - I think it will be fine. Hope you enjoy it!

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  56. Cooking this in the crockpot right now. I just added some farmer John diced ham. So simple. Being from the south I am used to eating beans this way. This will be a new dish for my Mexican husband.

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  57. I've taken the beans and "stir fried" them for just a couple of minutes in some bacon grease before adding them to the broth-it gives them a nice slight toasty/hearty taste. I'm also going to use this recipe with black-eyed peas for New Years day. Cooking down the ham hock broth now!

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  58. I grew up eating bean soup and since moving away I haven't made it for my family...until now. I will be making it today..although I did soak my beans overnight just out of habit and will be putting them and my ham in the crockpot shortly.

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  59. I love this blog and have made many delicious recipes from here. I have this one cooking right now and I gotta tell you, it has been in the crock pot since this afternoon and I am not enjoying the smell of the boiled meat. My husband assures me it will be delicious. I will let you know. :o)

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  60. A Little Sweet - I am with your husband - I assure you it will be delicious!

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  61. We have a bone from Honey Baked Ham that is too big to fit into the crock pot so we got out our big stock pot to do tis on the stove instead. Would you just simmer this on the stove for the same 8 hours? Or should I bring it to a boil first and then reduce the heat and cook it for less time?

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  62. I just picked up 3 ham bones from Honey Baked Ham store for $3. Then picked up the northern white beans and I'm putting them in the crock pot tonight. I'm adding red onion and BACON! because I read that in these comments! yummy! cannot wait for dinner tomorrow!

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  63. I'm trying this today w/ gluten free cornbread. Sounds like the perfect winter meal. I only have canned beans - how many cans do you think? 2?

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  64. KidsAhead - I would think you would need about 4 cans - you also won't need to cook this very long at all since the beans are already cooked. You are basically just warming them up.

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  65. I made this tonight and it was so yummy. Thanks!

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  66. Do I need to drain and add water if I bought canned beans? Also, how long does 1 lb of ham need to cook if the beans are just being warmed?

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  67. James - I would drain the beans and add a little water. I would cook the beans and ham about 15-20 minutes on the stove. It won't be the same with canned beans, so I can't guarantee that it will be like the photo.

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  68. I dont have the ham bones but I do have smoked pork bones. Would that suffice as a substitute?

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  69. I am putting this in the crockpot right now. Nothing like comfort food on a rainy day. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  70. Tried it... Loved it.... Trying it again. Thanks!!

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  71. This turned out really well. Saw this on Pinterest and made it tonight for dinner! Thanks!

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  72. I made this today, and it was amazing.

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  73. Okay, I'm sure this is a crazy question to most, but is this a side dish or meal?

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  74. Adie86 - I have this as a main dish with a side of corn bread.

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  75. I have a package of sliced Ham, pretty thick. could i just use that in this? its already cooked so would i put it in after the beans are done or let it cook all day?

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  76. Sara - you can use that ham. I let my ham cook all day in the crockpot. Hope you enjoy it!

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  77. I am really excited for this reciepe. Do you know roughly how many this is designed to serve??

    Thanks

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  78. Betty Jo - this will serve at least 6 people

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  79. This has become one of our very favorite meals! I substitute smoked turkey tails for the ham and it's absolutely delicious! Thanks for a great recipe for our winter meal rotation :)

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  80. I made this yesterday and it was yummy. I took a small bowl to work today and I think it's even better the second day!! Only change I made was to used 4 cups chicken broth for some of the water. I will be making this a lot!!

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  81. This is in my crock pot now. I'm a little curious as to how it will turn out. I have doctor's appts today so I there was no way I was running around 7mths pregnant and than slaving in the kitchen all evening before I go to bed, lol. I tried your Red Beans and Rice Crock Pot recipe, and we really didn't like it...but this one sounds so much better in my opinion!

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  82. I found this today and even though it's summer and hot I didn't want to toss the ham bone. Will make good lunches this week. I skipped the onion powder and added an onion and several chopper celery stalks. Wish I would have read the chicken broth idea before I added the water, but it should still work out ok.

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  83. I found this recipe yesterday and it will be Thursday night's dinner!
    I went to Walmart and found a package of spiral ham chunks and pieces! $3.60 for a 1.6 lb package. I have the beans so this is a really economical meal!

    Can anyone direct me to a good cornbread recipe? I like it moist and made it once in my cast iron skillet but cannot find that recipe.Thanks.

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  84. Why is no one concerned about the comment made about toxins when you don't soak or boil the beans first?

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    1. I've been wondering about that too...

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    2. I eat this often and I haven't died yet. I've read about toxins in uncooked kidney beans, but nothing about cooking beans without soaking.

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    3. I just read an article about toxins in beans, it said that the toxins are highest in undercooked red kidney beans. So I would think that as long as they are thoroughly cooked you should be ok.

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  85. I made a ham in the crockpot last night for dinner and I have the bone/ham left over, can I use this with the beans for this recipe?

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  86. To make this recipe or navy bean soup etc. taste REALLY good, don't use water -- use chicken broth. You'd be surprised at the increased flavor.

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  87. I made this recently and it was delicious. I used a ham bone I purchased from the Honey Baked Ham Store. They happened to have a lot of bones at the time, so they sold it to me buy one get one free, so I froze one. Can't wait to make this again!!

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  88. I have white beans in a can, can I rinse them and use them instead if dry bean?

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  89. So glad I came across this crockpot meal. Thanks! I did make some adaptions because I've never been known to 'follow' a recipe exactly ;) I added a small chopped onion/4 garlic cloves, shredded carrots (in bag from grocery), one half diced yellow pepper, 4 cups chicken broth, 1 cup water and 1 cup white wine. I also added fresh rosemary and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. It's delicious, filling, and my whole family loves it :)

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  90. This is delicious! It's now a part of my regular rotation!

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  91. I found this recipe on Pinterest at about 3 pm. I had a pound of great northern beans and a canned ham. I decided it would be great for dinner, so I boiled the beans for about 15 minutes with some chicken broth, bacon bits onion & garlic, then I plan to put them in the pressure cooker with the cut up ham. I cant wait to see how it comes out. Thanks!

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  92. This is s recipe I grew up on! I always save the ham bone with some meat left on it! And throw it in the freezer..... I never do m8ne on the crock pot though...always on the stove....just like gma used to....but I add onion, celery, lots of garlic, and a 1/4 c brown sugar!

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  93. This is s recipe I grew up on! I always save the ham bone with some meat left on it! And throw it in the freezer..... I never do m8ne on the crock pot though...always on the stove....just like gma used to....but I add onion, celery, lots of garlic, and a 1/4 c brown sugar!

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  94. If I want to double the amount of beans (2 lbs) do I need to double the amount of water? I'm not sure I could fit 12 cups of water, 2 lbs beans, and 2 lbs ham in my crock pot. Sorry if this is a dumb question. I don't cook and I'm new to the crock pot world as well.

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    1. You could start with about 8 cups and add more water if you see it drying out.

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  95. I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I have it on Pinterest on my 'Success!' board so I don't lose track of it. Thank you for posting it!

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  96. Could I use canned red kidney beans instead?

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  97. I made this this Christmas morning using the ham bone from our Christmas ham. I didn't use the crockpot to cook this but I can see how easy it would be for next time. I placed the beans and ham bone into a pot with 1/2 water and 1/2 low sodium chicken stock to cover. When the meat started pulling away from the bone I took it out and shredded the ham off the bone. I got about 1 cup of meat. I added about 1/2 cup more ham. salt, pepper and I added 1 tsp of parsley (I will put less next time, but it was okay). Very good. I'm fixing some cornbread to go with this for the evening meal. It makes a very full pot so I'm freezing some of it for another cold winter day. Thank you!

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  98. Oh! I also added fresh onion instead of onion powder.

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  99. I grew up eating these. We would always put the beans over the sliced corn bread and then drizzle white vinegar on top of that. So yummy.

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  100. Thanks for the great recipe! This is a family favorite we call it three little pigs soup:) I always soak beans first with a little salt to so they are easier to eat.

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  101. Thanks so much for postie this recipe! My Grammy and momhave been making this my whole life and I'm so excited to be able to bring it to my own families table :) cooking now and it's cold outside.....perfect!

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  102. thi recipe is in the slow cooker as I write...........sure hope it turns out cause I am not one for cooking these type of beans and have always wanted to.

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  103. well...........Im back...............made the meal and some cornbread muffins to go with it. It was tastey...but......my meal did not have anywhere near the sauce you have in your picture. It is thick like a casserole type meal. Now I know I can add more water to some of the leftovers and make it more soupy.....which I probably will.....but just saying.......mine was thick and not like a soup. But we will eat it!......and I always appreciate all the recipes you put online and have tried several of them and have alwyas been please, so I thank you.

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  104. Mine is very watery. Wanted it thicker, like in your picture. Wondering if it's because the ham I used had a LOT of fat. I trimmed of all I could. Wondering if that is the reason. Also, is there a way to thicken it up? Thanks!

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    1. You could always a little cornstarch or flour dissolved in water. You need to make sure the water is boiling when you add it and keep stirring till its well incorporated.

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    2. You could always a little cornstarch or flour dissolved in water. You need to make sure the water is boiling when you add it and keep stirring till its well incorporated.

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  105. are there Any other types of beans that can be used????

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  106. I cook ham & beans (I use mixed beans which is pinto & great northern) all the time on the stove. Serve them over rice with cornbread. I am definitely going to try this crockpot style.

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  107. Steph Ive been cooking beans and cornbread for years but this shortcut is great!,, and just as delicious if not better

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  108. I soak my white northern beans overnight. I did find garlic flavored chicken broth, and used it for 2 out of the 6 cups of liquid. It added flavor without doing anything extra. I also used a smoked ham hock, and cut up 2 hickory smoked ham steaks for extra meat. Turned out great!!

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  109. I soak my white northern beans overnight. I did find garlic flavored chicken broth, and used it for 2 out of the 6 cups of liquid. It added flavor without doing anything extra. I also used a smoked ham hock, and cut up 2 hickory smoked ham steaks for extra meat. Turned out great!!

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  110. My beans have been cooking for over 8 hours and they still aren't tender. :-(

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  111. My beans have been cooking for over 8 hours and they still aren't tender. :-(

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  112. I made this yesterday and it's a definite keeper. I used 1 lb dried northern beans, .5 lbs navy beans (soaked overnight), 1 49.5 oz can Swanson’s MSG-free chicken broth (w/Worcestershire & Louisiana hot sauce), 2 smoked turkey legs, and approx. 6 stalks of celery. Cooked on low 6 hours, high 2 hours. It was very good, but had a little bit of an odd flavor (maybe from smoked turkey legs, or maybe from MSG-free broth), I couldn't quite put my finger on the odd flavor. It was even better the next day and the slightly odd flavor was hardly noticeable. Next time I may try un-smoked turkey legs instead. I used smoked legs because I had seen a couple other comments that mentioned that. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!!

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  113. My dear MIL taught me to make this soup but we add tomato juice to the recipe and when ready to serve, chop up a hard boiled egg into the bowl and serve. The hard boiled egg not only adds flavor but thickens it. Do not freeze with the egg in it or reheat it with it, as the white of the egg will end up tasting like rubber. We soak our beans overnight but also cook on top of stove in big pot. Have never tried using the crock pot but might have to try it. I could soak the beans overnight in same crockpot insert, drain and then use same crockpot insert to make the soup. One less pot to wash!

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  114. I wondering if I need to do anything different so that I can pressure can after the 8 hours? My husband drives a tanker and this would be great to warm his old bones while out on the road this winter.

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  116. Trying this dish tonight. Used my tightly wrapped frozen ham bone that I had from last Christmas.....added diced onion, sprinkle of celery salt (no stalks on hand), sprinkle of Nature's Seasoning, 1 bay leaf, diced garlic clove, and a tablespoon of brown sugar as others suggested. Hope this one is a crock pot winner since I normally prepare my beans on the stove top!

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  117. It's chilly here in GA so this will hit the spot tonight!! Thanks for sharing!

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  118. I would never had thought to cook beans in a crockpot. I will be fixing this next week. Only I will be using smoked turkey instead of pork. Thank You!!!

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  119. I always thought salting made the beans stay hard, but maybe not: http://www.thekitchn.com/think-salt-is-the-enemy-of-perfect-beans-think-again-196470
    I also add some garlic powder, and I always soak the beans overnight first.

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