It seemed like the perfect day to can up some dark spicy beans. I set a whole bag of navy beans to soaking last night, changing the water twice. This morning into my big pot went the beans and my 3 change of fresh water and into a simmer they go till tender.
At that point it was nice and easy to finish off the recipe for getting them ready to can.
- Three cans of tomato paste 8 oz
- Half a cup of Montreal Steak Spice
- 1 cup of Fancy Molasses
- 1/4th cup of seasoning salt
Mix it all together, bring it back to a boil, it made 14 pints and I used the jars to put up a nice mixed veggie soup for Dh’s lunches.
Into the pressure canner for 75 min for pints. I normally make my Dark Brown Beans with bacon in them as seen above but these ones are meat free
In our store, only Libby’s carries the Dark Molasses Beans (the maple ones and the lighter ones are far more popular locally here in ontario, where as in Alberta the Dark Molasses ones are very popular).
They used to go on sale for 50 cents a can for years and that was cheaper then I could make them myself..
Then they moved the price to 77 cents a can and then it jumped to a dollar a can..
Now for the last year.. they never went on sale.. I have not seen this kind of bean on sale at all in 2018 and I was looking for it.. the maple went on sale for 1.00 and I saw the regular kind on sale for 1.20 each..
No, they have been sitting on the shelf at 1.70 per can.. Given that the canned food is processed and that means it also is taxed at 13 percent here between the fed/province tax and that can of beans now costs 2.02
That’s a crazy high amount for 390ml of canned beans.. I just can’t do it..
As I want to eat more beans this year, not less! I am going to have to make more baked in the oven in smaller batches and can more up for instant grab and go jars.
So I am back to canning all my own beans as I can do them for .63 cents per pint at this time. I will need to play around with recipes to get them as close to the kind I like.