JOANNA'S FOOD: family cooking, from scratch, every day

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Baked beans

According to the back of the tin of baked beans I've just eaten for breakfast, the British eat more baked beans than any other nation at an average of 15lb per head per year. And most of them, judging by supermarket shelf space, are either Heinz or own-brand. Both of which are, to my taste, too salty. Now, at 57p a can, I've discovered the most delicious alternative: open the can and you can smell the cinnamon, the cloves, the nutmeg - you don't get that with Heinz (65p).

Here's the complete list of ingredients for Whole Earth Organic Baked Beans:

organic haricot beans (49%), water, organic tomatoes (13%), organic apple juice, organic rice flour, sea salt, organic cider vinegar, organic onion powder, organic ground cinnamon, organic dill, organic garlic powder, ocean kelp, organic nutmeg, organic cloves, organic cayenne pepper, organic tamari soya sauce (water, organic soya beans, sea salt).

Doesn't that sound good? A bargain, too.

PS re-reading this, I'm amazed at that average figure: I eat the most baked beans in this household, at about four tins a year - there must be people on a tin a day.


Nan said...

In British books and tv shows, I always hear about 'beans on toast.' I thought baked beans were a big thing in New England, not realizing they were big in Old England as well. I'm not a fan, though I do like other bean dishes. I love your can - we always, always have a choice. So often people take the cheaper one, not realizing they may pay more later in terms of their health. Good for you!!

Ed Bruske said...

love baked beans. this might be the year we bake beans we grew in our own garden.

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

I'm not a huge baked bean muncher but we do have them with a cooked breakfast occasionally. Over here in NZ most brands of baked beans are too vinegar-y for my taste so I hunt out "English-style" baked beans by Heinz. I'm not sure if they're the same recipe as the ones back in England as they are made in NZ. I've noticed though that the ingredients contain "flavours" - always a concern as these don't have to be identified - so they could well be artificial. I might seek out the organic ones and try them again, but unfortunately I do prefer the taste of the aforementioned "English-style" ones.

Anonymous said...

Just loved that picture, Joanna. A tin a day: not really, but a tin a week: yes. And once in a blue moon a bean dish from the dried beans (more bothersome). I totally agree with stirring clear of those salty regular tins.

Anonymous said...

Steering clear, I mean. And when I mean a tin a week, I actually mean a variety of legume (chickpeas, lentils, beans..). Good night!

Slice of life said...

hey there, just popped over from the cottage smallholder.

I love heinz beans! I probably eat 2 tins a week. But I know that on a lot of diets women eat them as they are low in fat..