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A little disappointed as I followed the recipe to the letter but the finished product lacked flavor-they were too bland. I used Ranch Gordo cranberry beans and used the bean cooking liquid as my 1.5 cups of water. They were cooked perfectly but hoping they taste better the second time around. Disappointed because Simply Recipes recipes rarely if ever fall short.
Hi, Rosie! I’m sorry the beans weren’t seasoned to your liking. Sometimes finishing dishes with a splash of apple cider vinegar can help enhance the flavors. Good luck!
Beans were cooked well, taste was very bland. Spice and Amounts could be doubled Overall good recipe
Love this recipe! I do add a bit of apple cider vinegar to make it “like the old family recipe” that does not exist. It does taste like the baked beans of my childhood! Love it!
Do you drain off the bacon grease before adding the beans?
Hi, Karen! Emma here, managing editor! We don’t drain the grease — we find it gives this particular recipe a richer flavor and creamier texture. However, if you would prefer a lighter recipe, you can definitely drain off the grease. Enjoy!
My beans were done after the parboil. What would you do?
Hi, Judi! Emma here, managing editor. In this case, I would proceed with the recipe as written, but skip the second round of pressure cooking. Instead, mix the beans into the bacon and onions (after they’ve cooked), add the liquid, and then bring to a simmer with the “Saute” function (or over medium heat on the stovetop if using a stovetop pressure cooker). Let everything simmer together for a few minutes to make sure everything is heated through and the sauce is bubbling. Enjoy!
Made this tonight! Delicious and tasty, so much faster than my crock pot. They were cooked to perfection too.
What say you about Cooks Illustrated’s warnings about not cooking a full pound of beans in the 6 quart IP because it will fill it more than half way full?
Hi, Ivy! I haven’t had any trouble with up to a pound of beans. Is the concern that there will be foaming and it will plug up the release vent? When I make regular beans by themselves (this recipe), I usually add a tablespoon of olive oil to help reduce foaming.
I have not had issues cooking a pound or less of beans in the 6-quart Instant Pot. When making basic beans, I use 1lb beans, 8 cups water, and 1-2 teaspoons salt, which doesn’t fill the pot more than halfway. I’ll have to try Emma’s tip of adding olive oil, too — certainly can’t hurt!
Hi! Can I double this recipe in my Instant Pot? Do I need to change anything? Ty
This recipe is on the large side for doubling in the 6-quart Instant Pot. If you have an 8-quart pot, I think it would fit!
Can the baked beans be frozen?
Hi, Leslie — Sure, these should freeze just fine!