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Baked beans/haricot beans.

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
I think I remember some genius on here saying that if you rinsed off the tomato sauce you get plain haricot beans. Can anyone confirm this? I was in Waitrose tonight (flying visit) and I needed a tin of haricot beans, but the only ones they had were organic at 79p when I remembered something about this.

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  • You are right that the beans used to make baked beans are haricot so it would work to use rinsed baked beans instead.
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  • Ah, now I thought they were made from Cannellini beans, so you learn something new every day :D
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  • Gingham_RibbonGingham_Ribbon Forumite
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    I rinse them and use them in chillis and curries, but they do still taste of the sauce if you put them with milder flavours. I get the netto ones or the value brand ones.

    Tip: They will reduce to mush unless you put them in near the end of the cooking time.
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  • Don't rinse them! Strain them through a sieve and use the tomato juice in a casserole another day. Waste not want not ;)
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    Filigree wrote:
    Don't rinse them! Strain them through a sieve and use the tomato juice in a casserole another day. Waste not want not ;)

    Thats a good idea. I can add that to my strange concoction in the freezer waiting to be made into soup. So far, I have spring onion tops, radish tops, the stalky bits of coriander and today bought some carrots dead cheap at Waitrose, so Im hoping for a carrot and coriander type soup with a ton of greenery chucked in :)
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  • Filigree wrote:
    Don't rinse them! Strain them through a sieve and use the tomato juice in a casserole another day. Waste not want not ;)
    I have the sauce for a plate of soup, it's yummy. 1a_y_grin.gif
  • Definitely haricot beans. I never rinse them-sometimes drain a little if especially runny, but if the recipe contains tomatoes/tomato sauce I just put them in as they are.
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    I really, really don't like the sauce that beans come in. I have to either add brown sauce, Hendersons Relish, chilli powder or cheese to make it taste decent. Although I won't stretch to more than 13p a tin, so maybe it's my own fault!
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  • I really, really don't like the sauce that beans come in. I have to either add brown sauce, Hendersons Relish, chilli powder or cheese to make it taste decent. Although I won't stretch to more than 13p a tin, so maybe it's my own fault!


    We don't have baked beans often but I've always stuck to Heinz when we do as you just can't beat them for flavour, but a few months ago I bought a couple of tins of Tesco value beans, to use when I put beans into meals rather than eating as is, and I actually got around to trying them the other day. I made a corned beef hash and I was actually pleasantly surprised at the quality and taste of the value beans! Certainly not as bad as I'd expected, but the downside is that they contain higher levels of salt and sugar than Heinz, and I think theirs are high enough as it is as I always feel excessively thirsty having eaten them :(
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