Thursday, July 19, 2018

Baked Beans and the Beanpot

A beanpot is a deep, wide-bellied, short-necked vessel used to cook bean-based dishes. 

Beanpots are typically made of ceramic, though pots made of other materials, like cast iron, can also be found. The relatively narrow mouth of the beanpot minimizes evaporation and heat loss, while the deep, wide, thick-walled body of the pot facilitates long, slow cooking times.
Beanpots are traditionally associated with New England, in particular Boston, Massachusetts. This association is evident in the nickname Beantown, and the use of the name beanpot for Boston events such as the Beanpot ice hockey tournament.
Beanpots resemble the Indian handi and the Spanish, Mexican or Native American olla, and may be related to the latter vessel. Unlike the German Römertopf and the Japanese donabe, they are typically glazed both inside and out, and so cannot be used for clay pot cooking.
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Baked Beans cooked in a beanpot
In this age of crockpots, it's easy to dump it in, set it on low and head to work. But those of us who have cooked in a beanpot know that we love cooking in our pretty little beanpots and choose them over a crockpot. Beanpots are perfect for keeping the beans really really hot and perfect for setting on the table as you wait for all the family to make it to the table and sit down. Those with a big family know that can take a bit of time and beanpots are sure to keep the beans hot. Not to mention how beautiful they look sitting on the table. yum! Make sure you add lots of cooked hamburger meat in the beans. Yep baked beans make a great one pot meal when you add lot's of meat in it. Add some buttered crusty bread on the table and you have a "simple" feast the whole family will remember. 
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Beanpot Recipes / Barbecue Baked Beans /
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Holidays To Remember:
Baked Bean Month / July
Eat Beans Day / July 3
National Bean Day / January 6
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Resources: photo usage / dictionary / wikipedia / 
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