The Ten Commandments of Deep South Butterbeans

(We had so much fun with grits, and cornbread, we decided to add Deep South Butterbeans)


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The Ten Commandments of Deep South Butterbeans

  1. Thou shalt use only large dry white butterbeans
  2. Thou shalt soak dried beans overnight
  3. Thou shalt use only enough water to cover beans
  4. Thou shalt not stir the butterbeans too much while cooking
  5. Thou shalt only use salt pork in thy butterbeans.
  6. Thou shalt cover the pot loosely and check water every 20 or 25 minutes
  7. Thou shalt cook butterbeans on low heat for no less than 2 hours
  8. Thou shalt only add salt after beans have cooked for almost 3 hours
  9. Thou shalt not cook butterbeans in a microwave
  10. Thou shalt not cook butterbeans in a microwave
  11. Thou shalt only eat only southern cooked cornbread with butterbeans. (see commandments for cornbread)

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

107 Responses to The Ten Commandments of Deep South Butterbeans

  1. Stony BurkStony Burk says:

    Not true in my part of the south

  2. And a hunk of raw onion! Good eatin.’

  3. Corn bread tomato yum

  4. Ed PittsEd Pitts says:

    Published by a Yankee. 9&10 are the same and there should not be a 11 in the 10 commandments.

  5. These are my all time favorite. Love them.

  6. My mother called these broad axe beans and she was from South Monroe Co. Serve with cornbread, raw onion, and pepper sauce.

  7. “””They’re good for your heart!”””

  8. I always put a big ole spoonful of mayonnaise in mine…..

  9. Heather Satterfield

  10. Are Butter Beans the same as Lima Beans?

  11. Claire says:

    Went to college at U of AL back in early 60’s – guy there named Johnny Cain – used to perform at bars in BHM – his “hit” song was “All I Want is a Bowl of Butter Beans”

  12. Amen pass the cornbread

  13. pass the cornbread and onions too…Yummy!

  14. Denise Lunsford Hayes, N Carol Thomas. This was so cute. My mama made the best Lima Beans! I sure miss eating them. My husband is a midwesterner (yankee) and doesn’t understand the goodness of these beans so I have never cooked any.

    • Daryl E. Ratterree says:

      B y golly, teach that yankee what good eating is all about, Fix him a great big bowl of Butter Beans. Must have onion and cornbread to go with it.

  15. Love them big butter beans with cornbread

  16. Lived in AL almost 40 years and have never eaten a dried butter bean. We ate them fresh off the vine or canned/frozen while they were small, green and tender. Cooked in a little water with real butter and salt. Nothing else. But I loved dried pinto beans cooked with onion and jalapeno peppers.

  17. John BakerJohn Baker says:

    I love my butterbeans.

  18. Just like my grandmother cooked them. I use olive oil though because I have become allergic to pork . It’s good but not as good with pork.

  19. Commandments 10 and 9 are the same

  20. Anonymous says:

    Oh, c’mon, you can put some ham in it. I like ham in mine, but I actually prefer limas to all others. Still, you can’t go wrong with a good butterbean cooked this way. I can’t eat canned beans at all. They’re awful! My mother puts onions on top of hers, with ketchup! 😉

  21. Sam HarrisSam Harris says:

    I enjoyed a butter bean pie with sisters Louise Weldon and Sue Sue Dean

  22. Amen Sandra — and a little salt pork or ham and dont cook over 30 – 40 minutes or you ll have a soggy overcooked mess! these commandments sound more like black eyed peas

  23. Bought a electric pressure cooker, takes 45 minutes to cook dry butter beans. No stirring no checking

  24. These look like large lima beans….best with cornbread! Or, biscuits!

    • Justin Joe says:

      Butterbeans.

    • Although both lima beans and butter beans come from the same genus, they are actually two different types of beans. The smaller version is known as baby lima beans, while the larger versions of lima beans are what many people know to be butter beans. Both types of beans are high in fiber, virtually fat free and a good source of protein. The presence of dietary fiber allows people to lower cholesterol and regulate their blood sugar levels. Like most legumes, lima beans and butter beans are boiled in water before eating, and it is usually a good idea to soak them overnight before cooking.

  25. I want the butter bean fudge recipe that stuff is awesome

  26. Love butter beans and cornbread. Green or dried.

  27. I’m thinking north AL dried them and south AL ate them the other way. My husband’s family in north AL ate a lot of different dried beans. I’d never had any sort of dried bean until I met him.

  28. Dried butter beans cooked in a iron pot. The best thing ever.

  29. You need to introduce him to those fresh from the garden little green butterbeans Sherry Strength Whitson. He might be hooked for life!

  30. Anonymous says:

    I grew up in south Alabama, and we never called these “butterbeans”. We called these Lima or Navy beans. Our favorite butterbeans were “speckled butterbeans”, and were never dried. I never cared for the little green ones.

  31. Carol Evans says:

    Love dry Liam beans, kraut and winners, corn bread sweet validly onion and a glass of ice tea.

  32. That’s the way I cook my butter beans. And cornbread and buttermilk. Yum

  33. Butter beans butter beans
    Good for your heart
    The more you eat
    The more you fart
    The more you fart
    The better you feel
    So eat your butter beans
    At every meal

  34. Well I am from a family in Mobile, Alabama and we ate the large ones all my life . We called them “big Lima beans”. I get so confused when they are called butter beans.

  35. I like little ones the best!

  36. Rules are made to be broke…cook eat enjoy

  37. There is a difference between butter beans and Lima beans. True butter beans are in the soybean family or legumes family. And Lima beans are from the pea family. They do taste very similar though.

  38. Also, one of the commandments should be. 11. Know the difference, between butter bean, and lima bean.

  39. Big butter beans with turnip greens and cornbread!!:)

  40. That’sa picture of lima beans. True butterbeans are speckled.

  41. Love the healthy bean!

  42. Love my cornbread and butterbeans.

  43. Anonymous says:

    These are big Limas not butterbeans

  44. Anonymous says:

    We have speckled butterbeans or green butterbeans,but in Wagarville Al,we have Big Limas…and the picture you posted is big.Limas

  45. Put an eighth teaspoon of baking soda in when cooking and you toot less. Crumble cornbread up in a big plate pour butterbeans over cornbread then spiral catsup over it and mix it all up and start shoveling it in! Mmm, Mmm good!

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  48. Linda Horne Small says:

    Oh my goodness! What an interesting post! I always ate my grandmother’s – Helen Horne of Abbeville, AL = butterbeans. Hard work picking them in the hot sun of July and August. However the rewards were a great pot of small, green butterbeans that truly tasted like sweet butter hot from cooking with a piece of ham. The big beans pictured I remember being told were Yankee beans called lima and not worth eating after growing butterbeans. I’ve worn my thumbnails to the quick shelling small butterbeans for freezing but nothing beats them. I have to scoop packages of frozen butterbeans in the markets here in Maine for they are not always available and I get so homesick for them. I do love everyone’s stories about beans and I will have to try the dried ones. Here in Maine we eat lots of different kinds of beans but not sure about large lima beans.

  49. Linda says:

    In our South Alabama family these dried beans were always called “Lima Beans.” Navy Beans are smaller and rounder–we had those occasionally, too. Only the fresh summer harvest was called “Butterbeans,” either green or speckled (my favorite!). Salt pork was a staple for vegetables, so we always had that in our Lima Beans. My aggravating teen-aged brothers took great delight in quoting Lona Fay Bows’ post above except they said Lima Beans, not Butter Beans. It began with “Lima Beans, good for the heart…” ! And yes, nothing better than cornbread with Lima Beans!

  50. So where is the festival?

  51. Ok I found it, it’s in Pinson.

  52. Janie WardJanie Ward says:

    Where do I go to get these tasty butterbeans?

  53. These are Lima beans . Butter beans are green.

  54. Jo NewtonJo Newton says:

    Just finished cooking some,going to have beans,ham and sweet potatoes for supper.I am from the older generation who still eat supper,not dinner,that was eat in my day at noon.

  55. My mama always referred to fresh beans as “butter beans” — either the green or speckled kind. The ones in the picture were called “dried limas.” There are small ones and large ones. I call the large ones “big fat limas.” I love to cook them with chopped ham and serve them with hot cornbread and sweet coleslaw. Good and so good for you.

  56. Sam JonesSam Jones says:

    You might try Okra, and black eyed pea, and fried apple pie.

  57. Randy Warren… This has your name on it

  58. Did you say it is a gas fest!!!!????

  59. May have to detour through AL to NC…. ;-D

  60. There are dried Lima beans…lol

  61. A big onion goes good with butter,,!,

  62. Love them there butter beans. My Granny makes the best.

  63. These look like Lima beans, not butter beans

  64. Butter beans I eat are green 🙂

  65. “Just a bowl of butterbeans, pass the cornbread if you please. I don’t want no collard greens, all I want is a bowl of butterbeans.”

  66. Joe NewtonJoe Newton says:

    Butter bean” is a term that some use for particular types of lima beans; the only difference is in regional terminology. The lima bean is a domesticated legume with the scientific name of Phaseolus lunatus that gets its name from its place of origin, Lima, Peru.

    Although both lima beans and butter beans come from the same genus, they are actually two different types of beans. The smaller version is known as baby lima beans, while the larger versions of lima beans are what many people know to be butter beans.

    Speckled butter beans are a variety of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) that is suited especially to hot areas. They can survive drought, but are more productive with one inch of water per week. The seeds germinate only when the soil temperature is above 65 degrees and the plants grow best when the temperature is above 70 degrees. High levels of nitrogen may cause lush leaf growth with no beans

  67. I love being from the south!

  68. These big ole butter beans are my favorite

  69. Would like to be there for that.

  70. Ric WestRic West says:

    Like Andy Griffith once said ” I done had a craven flung on me!””

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