Recipe of the Week: S.A.’s Lima Beans with Ham

Reader S.A. kindly sent us her Lima Beans With Ham crockpot recipe. She says:  “It’s all things good, and is a very hearty, filling dish.”

  • 1/2 large, left over heirloom tomato
  • 1/2 c ham fat, rind, and meat
  • 16 oz fresh, re-hydrated, or frozen baby lima beans
  • 1/4  pound stick of butter
  • 1/2 c Water
  • Salt, to suit your taste
  1. Dice into 1/2” square pieces the tomato and ham.
  2. Place in a crockpot.
  3. Add the frozen lima beans, stick of butter, and lightly add salt.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of water.
  5. Cook on your crockpot’s high setting, for 3.5 to 4 hours.

Serve with cornbread for sopping and a small greens salad.

Chef’s Notes

You may think the dish might taste greasy, but it doesn’t. Butter and lima beans go hand in hand, butter being a great seasoning. A serving contains protein, carbs, fiber, vitamins, and fat. Fat is essential for the body’s metabolism and ability to do its functions. Enjoy.

If you clean out the tomato seeds before cooking, you can save them for a later planting.


Dried lima beans
Red Feather canned butter
Dehydrated tomato

The Internet holds countless lima bean recipes with practically unlimited uses of vegetables and herbs. Celery, carrots, onions, cabbage, garlic, corn…an endless list for pairing with limas.I’ve found that Yummly.Com provides a good start.

a side note

Are you teaching your children and grandchildren to eat a variety of foods? If the day of Beans, Bullets, and Banda-Aids comes when we really are eating lots of beans prepared various ways, will your children refuse to eat because they are hoping to drive through Chik FilA for some nuggets?

My daughter told me she read how the French get their children to eagerly eat nutritious foods. There are no in-between snacks. Whining gets a child nowhere. So when soups, salads, vegetables, meats are set in front of them, they are delighted to be served real food. None of this cracker or pouch business for a “little appetizer.” No caving in to the tyranny of a hungry child. Apparently it’s a quick learning curve. But start early once they begin to move to table food.

Be ready. Be safe. Be prepared.

Do you have a favorite recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers? In this weekly recipe column we place emphasis on recipes that use long term storage foods, recipes for wild game, dutch oven and slow cooker recipes, and any that use home garden produce. If you have any favorite recipes, then please send them via e-mail. Thanks!