Heinz are very mildly flavored – they’re really best used as a base for toppings like cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, bacon, eggs, whatever.
I’ve never understood Heinz beans – quite bland, suitable perhaps for a 4-5 year old.
Favorite is Bush / onion followed by B&M and occasionally as a big change – Showboat.
When I was a kid in the 50’s, mom often made a casserole like the one pictured above…hotdogs laid across pork and beans…that picture brought back memories.
I’m not sure if it’s a casserole. It looks like someone just filled a tureen with a huge load of beans and then placed some wieners on top. Looks kind of revolting to me; an actual casserole would be much more appealing!
Nice thread, I don’t think we’ve ever been on this topic before. Thanks for starting it. I’m definitely going to try the British Heinz. I know I’ve seen them but I don’t think I ever quite realized what they were.
I’m not a vegetarian but we generally only buy vegetarian baked beans. For one thing, I don’t want to even THINK about what the “pork” in Pork & Beans is made from. As for brands, usually we prefer Bush’s, and their Grillin Beans line adds some variety.
But lately we’ve been buying a Goya version of baked beans called Fiesta Beans or something like that. Much less sweet, and a little spicy. I’m not sure if this is a new product or that I just never noticed it before, but it’s been a hit already a few times over this summer.
OK, here it says they are “new”.
When I was a kid in the 50’s, mom often made a casserole like the one pictured above…hotdogs laid across pork and beans…that picture brought back memories. By the way, tried Campbells P&B again….ugh, either the recipe changed (Campbell’s does that a lot) or my child’s tastebuds weren’t particular. Hated the stuff…still looking for the ultimate brand!
Lots of healthy colons in roadfood land tonight [lol]
An ad from 1958. Did people ever think so highly of canned beans that they’d serve them like this, or is it a fantasy of the manufacturer?
I love B & M, although I miss the little piece of salt pork which I would save for the end. One time I hit the jackpot and had 8 pieces of salt pork in one can. I also love their brown bread. Howard Johnson's used to have a frankfurter plate with 2 franks, 2 slices of brown bread & beans which I think were B & M, swell dinner.
I use Bush’s Original Baked sometimes for a side, but my favourite “pork and beans” are Showboat. They’ve got less junk in them and no HFCS. Unfortunately, my local Walmart stopped carrying them so I’ve been doing without for awhile. I have used Heinz imported from England and they’re pretty good, but they’re no Showboat.
I tend to buy a can of just traight up beans and flavor them myself because I have never liked the sweetness of east coast style baked beans. I put in a blackstrap molassas for a less sweet but deep rich smokier flavor. (Along with other things)
I don’t like “Sweet Beans” either.
I’ve converted to Southwestern Beans with a little kick to them! AKA “Cowboy Beans”.
Something like these:
Finally tried the Heinz UK beans. Our granddaughter was here and all three of us loved them.
They are not baked, they are not sweet and they have no meat, but they are very good. [:)]
Just remember: they’re not sweet! If you’re used to American-style baked beans then these will come as a drastic change. They’re best thought of as a mild, savory base on which to add sauces and toppings.
Yes, we have them in the international foods too. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll get a can, and give it a test.
As a kid, I loved Bush’s original variety, but a few years ago I tried the British staple of Heinz beans and was instantly converted. Far more savory than sweet, they go well on toast with Worcestershire sauce, shredded cheese, salt, and black pepper. The molasses-based American type of beans is just too cloying to me now.
I’ve seen these beans in the “international” section of my Kroger store. Now after reading this post by ketteract, I’m eager to give them a try. In the UK, these beans are a breakfast staple.
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