How To Make A Heat Pack With Beans


Southern Baked Beans

Southern Baked Beans are like the bolder, brasher big sister of our Aussie baked beans. Whereas our beans are known as a breakfast staple, with its translucent, shiny tomato sauce, the Southern version is a a side dish that’s packed with big, bold southern flavours.

The sauce is glossy, it’s sweet, it’s savoury, and even though it’s “just” a side dish, no one could overlook it on a table laden with food!

Here it is pictured with a side of ColeslawPulled Pork and crusty Artisan bread (it’s unbelievably quick and easy, no knead. Though….. cornbread would be much more on theme on this plate!)



DIY Heat Pad With Rice

These rice heat bags are an easy way to make a natural heating pad. Throw it in the freezer for an ice pack too!Active Time20 mins

Total Time 20 mins

Yield: 1 rice bagAuthor: Katie Wells


12 inch square piece of cotton fabric or whatever shape/size you prefer 5 pound bag white rice (might not all be used)


Fold the material in half with right sides together. Start at one of the short sides and sew the long side and part of the opposite short side, leaving a gap of several inches on the last short side. This is where you’re going to put the uncooked rice in. Turn the fabric tube inside out so that the rough ends are hidden. Fill the tube with rice until it is about 2/3 full. You can also add some lavender buds or a few drops of essential oils for a relaxing experience. Fold the remaining side in so that the rough ends are hidden and sew closed.


To use: Heat on high in the microwave for 60 seconds or until the desired temperature is reached. The exact time will depend on your microwave. 


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.


  • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes; drain and cool on paper towels. Crumble bacon once cooled.

  • Mix bacon, beans, water, brown sugar, onions, ketchup, molasses, vinegar, mustard, salt, and garlic powder together in the prepared baking dish. Cover dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in preheated oven until bubbling, 45 minutes.

How to make baked beans

It’s probably thoroughly not in the spirit of baked beans to NOT bake it! But it starts on the stove with the browning of the bacon, so I just find it easier to leave it on the stove.

But you can bake it if you prefer! It can also be slow cooked – directions included in the recipe.

I know baked beans are traditionally served as a s

I know baked beans are traditionally served as a side in the states, but in all honesty, the sauce of this Homemade Baked Beans with Bacon is so good, with such much kapow flavours, I’m happy to slurp it up just like this: in a big bowl with some corn bread to slop up all that sauce. (Try the muffin version too, they’re fabulous!)

Or even as breakfast. I promise there is a couple

Or even as breakfast. I promise there is a couple of pieces of (burnt) toast under that very generous serving of baked beans! Try it with a fried or poached egg, or even scrambled eggs!

Video Transcript

Video Transcript

How to make a homemade heat pack with items found around the house.

You will need a sock, dry rice or oatmeal, and thread.

  1. Fill the sock with rice or oatmeal using a funnel.
  2. Loop the thread around the sock opening and tie it tightly.
  3. Turn the sock upside down to make sure it is secure.
  4. Alternatively, you can also sew the open end of the sock using a needle and thread.
  5. Place the rice-filled sock in a bowl and heat it for 1 to 3 minutes in a microwave.
  6. Apply this heat pack to the area of pain.
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