1. Years ago I bought a bean pot at a yard sale, complete with lid. I finally put it to use today and cooked a pot of authentic baked beans. They take an entire day to bake and the house smelled of molasses and brown sugar throughout. The brown, clay bean pot was the perfect vessel in which to bake them. The syrup bubbled up and dripped over the edges. Near the end, little pieces of salt pork and onion were stirred up from the bottom to brown at the top. I halved the recipe and it still made a lot.