• Ah, so that is how you use your bean pot! I cook my beans in my crock pot – seems to work well for me. I didn’t realize that about older beans – will keep that in mind in the future.

    • I do love my new bean pot Leora. Regardless any good size pot will do. It’s always a good idea to because t your dried beans just before use because of that. 🙂

  • Catarina Alexon

    Love beans and, as a vegetarian I need them for protein. While writing this I’m cooking chick peas. Have to try calico beans and your recipe without the ham.

  • I LOVE beans, too! Perfect recipe for a spin on rice and beans with Cinco de Mayo upon us! 🙂

  • Rosemary Griffith

    Love beans–sent this process to the cook. We have a bean casserole dish I think would work perfectly for this. Thanks for clarifying the soaking myth–we have been guilty of doing this. Can’t wait for fresh pinto beans from the Farmer’s Market!

  • It’s been ages since I’ve had ham and beans, but they really do hit the spot every single time.

  • Jacqueline Gum

    I’d almost forgotten abut ham and beans! Great memories of my grandmother. Back then, she used a pressure cooker!

  • One of my favorite soup/stews. Thanks for your take. I really like the idea of mixing the beans too.

  • Beans with ham is the ultimate comfort food and your recipe for calico beans not only looks tasty, I like how easy it is. Definitely another great addition to my ‘Susan’s Recipes’ Pinterest board.

  • This is such a simple recipe, focusing on the taste of the beans. I have only a couple of days left on the road and will have to dig out my bean pot when I get home.

  • Wow, I learned a lot today! I didn’t know that old beans dry out – I thought they were all dry! I love beans and will have to try this method. Wonder if I could use my crock pot?

  • This looks delicious! I didn’t know about the “The rule of thumb when cooking dried beans is 1 teaspoon salt for each pound of beans.” I never heard that before. Great tip. I have to try that one when I cook dried beans. That’s a gorgeous pot too. I will have to show my husband, so he can get it for me for my birthday. hint hint.