Depression Era Baked Beans Recipe

Missourian shares her baked beans recipe from the depression era.

| Good Old Days

Baked beans

These baked beans are rich with tomatoes and bacon for a filling side dish at any meal.

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Boil one pound large dried limas in salt water.
In frying pan cut about 3/4 lb. bacon and fry. Add 1 cup onion. Don't throw bacon fat away unless it's too much.
Add 1 regular can tomatoes.
1 can of tomato soup
1 cup dark Karo syrup
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste.
Add to cooked, drained limas in a large casserole. Bake about 11/2 hours at 350 degrees.

Helen Jacobs
Clarence, Missouri

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 


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