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Navy Beans

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Different kinds of beans cook at different rates, so it's best to prepare them in separate pans (working in batches if necessary). The salad can be made with just a few types instead of all five, as long as the total amount of dried beans still measures 2 1/2 cups.

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Our recipe calls for light molasses. These days, however, most labels don't specify the type, but light and dark molasses can usually be used interchangeably. And we suggest using unsulfured molasses (any type), which has a purer flavor than sulfured.

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Many hours of cooking over low heat brings complexity to the flavor of baked beans. Some home cooks shy away from baking beans, wary of the long cooking time, but the amount of actual labor involved is minimal.

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Traditionally, these beans were cooked in a low-heat oven almost all day. This on-the-stove version cuts the time in half without compromising flavor. Customary additions such as molasses and salt pork give the beans a sweet and smoky flavor.