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Southern Beans Or Peas

  • Yield: 4 to 6


  • 1 quart water
  • 1 1/4-inch slice salt pork, about 2-inches long
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
  • 4 cups shelled fresh beans or peas


  • In a saucepan, combine the water, salt pork, and bacon grease, and bring to a boil. Add the beans or peas and return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until very tender, about 3 hours. Add more water if necessary to keep the beans or peas covered with liquid.