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Name Brand vs. Store Brand: Great Northern Beans

Well, here we go again.  Somehow, pictures don't seem to upload and face the correct direction.  We tried 5 different kinds of beans:  S&W, Natural Directions organic, Great Value, Bush's and Western Family.

Prices:  (all were the same size can)

S&W  1.09

Western Family  .79

Natural Directions Organic 1.18

Great Value .66

Bush's   .92

Western Family beans are a little darker, as are Natural Directions.  The Western Family beans had spots on the beans.  They didn't look like very good quality beans.  The S&W beans were smaller than all the others.  Bush's beans had less liquid and were softer than the other beans. 

As for taste, the worst ones were the Western Family and the Natural Directions organic.  I must say I was expecting the organic beans to be the best and was surprised that they weren't.  The best tasting were the S&W and the Bush's.  Great Value was about in the middle. 

If you are wondering what I am going to do with all these beans, I am making the best white chili I have ever found found here:  http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2008/09/creamy-white-chili.htmlI.  With the rest, I am going to experiment with in recipes like hamburger buns found here:  http://dealstomeals.blogspot.com/2011/03/homemade-hamburger-buns-with-beans.html. 

Do you have any good white bean recipes?  Please share them if you do!





rolo said:

Buy a bag of dry beans and cook from scratch.  The taste/texture is a huge improvement over beans from the can--and costs much less.  

July 24, 2011 11:32 AM

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