Canned Baked Beans

I love knowing what I’m eating and what I’m feeding my boys.  When I started through the cabinet to see what I still had left in processed cans, it was clear that I needed to learn Bush’s secret….so here’s what we came up with for baked beans.


I have doubled the recipe below, used some pints, some quarts and ended up with 7 quarts and 5 pints of baked beans.
  • 2 lbs of dried Navy Beans
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • Country Ham Trimmings (OR 1/2 Teaspoon of salt per pint)
  • 2 – 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (can use honey or corn syrup, any type of liquid sweetner)
  • 3 cups water

In a large stock pot mix together the tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, molasses and water to create a hot tomato sauce mixture.  Bring to a boil and stir often, until all the ingredients are dissolved.

In each hot, sterilized pint jar add 1/2 cup dry beans, 2-3 Tablespoons of onion and 1 piece of ham trimmings.  **I don’t soak my beans overnight like some folks, I do rinse them right before I put them in the jars.


Add 1 cup of hot tomato sauce mixture that you just brought to a boil to each jar of beans.  Fill the balance of the jars with boiling water, leaving one inch headspace.  This is important as the beans will swell in processing.


Wipe each jar rim with a damp sterile cloth, place hot lids and rings and tighten to fingertip tightness.  Pressure can pints for 75 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure, quarts 90 minutes.

After processing, allow the canner to cool and depressurize naturally before removing the jars.  Once removed I place my jars on a towel, cover and listen for the victory PING!



One step closer to ZERO processed foods…..

10 thoughts on “Canned Baked Beans

  1. Sam February 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Hubby loves baked beans and I hate buying commercial foods. Will try this but will add a bit of worstershire sauce as I think that is the Bush beans
    secret ingredient. Lol ❤️❤️

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  2. Mary February 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm Reply

    Are you saying that the 2 pounds of beans gives you the 7 quarts and 5 pints? Sorry but I am not clear on it as I don’t want to make it and get to far ahead of myself.


    • Preserving the Good Life February 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply

      I doubled the recipe as it was listed. I used 4 lbs of beans, 4 onions, etc in my recipe to get the 7 qts, 5 pints.


      • Mary February 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm

        Thank you ever so much. I sort of figured that, however I was not ready to take any chances and wind up with more than I can use! Can’t wait to get these going, gonna make summer life so tasty and easy!


  3. Kim Blake March 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply

    Going to try this they sound a lot like my Grandma Hoopers home made baked beans

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  4. Nicky Cone March 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Do you put the same amount of liquid in the quarts?


  5. Joni Hamilton July 31, 2017 at 10:55 pm Reply

    Why the hot sauce if you don’t mind me asking?


    • Preserving the Good Life August 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

      I just realized how that sounded in the post. I rewrote it. It’s the hot tomato sauce mixture that was just brought to a boil. Not hot sauce as in a texas pete hot sauce. Sorry….


  6. Sam Sam August 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I also do not soak my beans but have never tried it for this type of recipe. GREAT. That keeps it simple. My hubby loves Bushes baked beans and I also am trying to elimate processed foods. ❤️🙏❤️


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