It just isn't New England without these! For years I was up at 4.30am on a Saturday morning to make my beans. Traditionally served on a Saturday night, these were originally had with fish cakes and cabbage salad which is not quite cole slaw and served cold the next morning in sandwiches; great with raw sliced onion and a bit of mustard. Thanks nanny! I will post that cabbage salad recipe as well. Now, it is usually served with baked ham or hot dogs. Be sure to keep a check on your water covering the beans. These will not be overly sweet. The salt pork is extremely traditional and the meatier the better. This is eaten with the beans as well. It can be omitted for those who cannot have or find it and they are still scrummy. This recipe can be halved easily.