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Boston Baked Beans

3 lb Dry Pea beans or Navy beans
1 1/2 c Dark molasses
1 tb Dry mustard
1 ts Salt
1/2 ts Pepper
1/2 lb Salt pork; diced
1 lg Onion; chopped

Rinse beans; in a large kettle combine beans and 24 cups (6 quarts) cold water. Bring to boiling; simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 1 hour. (Or, add beans to water and soak overnight.) Bring to boiling; simmer till beans are tender, about 1 hour. Drain, reserving liquid. Combine molasses, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt. 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 3 cups reserved cooking liquid. In 6-quart bean pot, mix beans, salt pork, and onion. Stir in molasses mixture. Cover, bake at 300 degrees for 3-1/2 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Add more reserved cooking liquid, if needed. Serves 15.

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