For as long as I can remember I have eaten Heinz baked beans. I have always thought about making my own because homemade always tastes better but canned beans are just really convenient. Last summer when I looked into which products we eat that contain GMO ingredients I noted that Heinz beans are on the list of those that may potentially contain GMO's. It is most likely related to the pork in the beans and their inability to determine if the pigs being used eat GMO free feed. So I decided to take the leap and make our own.
The difference between canned and homemade is remarkable. I can't even put into words how much better they taste. It is like baby food vs adult food. I used this recipe and did not make any alterations. Obviously the key to replacing a product that contains GMO's is to make sure that what you are using to make the homemade version also does not contain GMO's.
I didn't find it was time consuming to make my own beans either. It is quick and simple to soak the beans over night and then assemble in the morning before work. The beans will be ready when you get home from work. In total it was 10 minutes of my time to prep the ingredients to go into the crock-pot. Completely worth it! This recipe made enough for 2 adults and 1 toddler for dinner and enough leftovers for another 3 meals.
An added benefit to replacing canned beans with homemade is reducing our exposure to the BPA that lines the cans.
What product have you replaced with homemade? Have you tried making your own beans?