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  • Branston

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  • Crosse & Blackwell

    3 2.07%
  • Heinz

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  1. #51
    Doesn't matter which brand as I slather them with tomato ketchup anyway.

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    I can’t buy any tinned baked beans anymore. Not since I discovered Jamie Oliver’s BBQ baked beans recipe. A whole different level of deliciousness.

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    You cant beat a large tin of Heinz Beans with mini sausage on some, freshly baked brown bread. It is napalm to the backside though :)
    Although I always have to drain some of the "juice" away, otherwise the beans are swimming on my plate :)
    Last edited by odyseus10; 23rd March 2020 at 15:34.

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    Heinz Beanz with a bit of marmite, on crumpets.
    Mmmmmmmm

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    Strange how our tastes differ on food and flavour. I’d say Aldi are the vermin of beans and Branson the Grand Seiko.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    Aldi - much nicer than the famous brands

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    Branston Reduced Salt & Sugar are by far the best - IF you can find them!
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    Heinz have unfortunately gone down the road of Cadbury and now delivers tasteless cheap crap and trade on the past reputation of their brand name and both companies have the nerve and stupidity to wonder why their market share is heading south. It is surprising how good Branson beans are and their brown sauce is really rich and delicious as well!

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    Cannot believe how much Heinz have dropped quality over the past years, IMHO. Used to be you opened a can and there were those luscious beans, gazing up at me....Now when I open a can of Heinz I just see juice, the beans are maybe 2cm below the surface. And don't start me on the low sugar, low salt ones...devil's spawn.

    Now it's Branston or Cross & Blackwell every time.

    Baked bean sandwich, now there's a proper sarnie, with maybe some tabasco....

    Lunch time now, innit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Not much choice right now.

    We’ve got Tesco (std + reduced salt), Lidl, Branston and Heinz in cupboard. I’ll compare them!
    Hoarder :-)

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    I was brought up with Heinz

    I find if you shake them up before opening the tin, and then heat with a knob of butter in the pan they are delicious.

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    I have a problem with the feel and texture of beans in my mouth, fk why but had it for years. However, I like the taste of baked beans especially the juice. So I mash up my beans with a fork, the best ones for me are Sainsbury own brand or Aldi Corale. I sometimes find that a batch of beans can be a bit hard and the sauce watery. Just need a bit of extra cooking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic View Post
    I was brought up with Heinz

    I find if you shake them up before opening the tin, and then heat with a knob of butter in the pan they are delicious.
    Same here but I may have to try some of the other brands mentioned here.

    I find a shake of cayenne and a few splashes of Lee and Perrins livens up a plateful of beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    Branston Reduced Salt & Sugar are by far the best - IF you can find them!
    Four words to send a sane person running away screaming


    As an aside I have purchased a can of Branstons to do a taste test. I know it's hard to believe but yes, I actually found a tin of baked beans in a supermarket!

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    Any old el cheapo beans can easily be made deluxe by adding a little olive oil and Italian seasoning when heating them. Alternatively cheese can be added for a different experience. Another option is curry powder for the Indian dish.

    Anyone else played around with bean mods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny View Post
    Any old el cheapo beans can easily be made deluxe by adding a little olive oil and Italian seasoning when heating them. Alternatively cheese can be added for a different experience. Another option is curry powder for the Indian dish.

    Anyone else played around with bean mods?
    Yup had cheesy beans on toast yesterday, Heinz of course. Sprinkle grated cheese on the beans on toast, 1 min or less chuck it in the micro wave, oven ready meal, optional sliced ham for a beany croque monsieur type of thing.
    Baked Beans and pasta twirls for a lazy mans pasta fazool, jazz it up with chorizo/any sausage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I have a problem with the feel and texture of beans in my mouth, fk why but had it for years. However, I like the taste of baked beans especially the juice. So I mash up my beans with a fork, the best ones for me are Sainsbury own brand or Aldi Corale. I sometimes find that a batch of beans can be a bit hard and the sauce watery. Just need a bit of extra cooking.
    On that ‘mashing’ point, beans mashed with a few drops of decent truffle oil spread on two thick slices taken from a freshly baked warm sesame loaf with a few strips of crispy bacon as the second filler really hits the spot. IMHO 9/10 on the sandwich YUM scale!
    Last edited by KavKav; 24th March 2020 at 08:19.

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    I think we'll probably need a Consolidated Baked Beans in the Window thread soon.

    If your beans are too watery you're not cooking them long enough and is that flippin bloke doing beans as well now? You'd have thought he's got enough on his plate with late trains and no passengers for his planes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    Branston Reduced Salt & Sugar are by far the best - IF you can find them!
    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    Four words to send a sane person running away screaming


    As an aside I have purchased a can of Branstons to do a taste test. I know it's hard to believe but yes, I actually found a tin of baked beans in a supermarket!
    We started buying then as Lynn is diabetic and if she wanted to eat beans they were the safest option for her. But we both found that we prefer the taste of them to any other, there seems to be less sauce and it's thicker than the normal variety.

    Never, EVER, cook beans in a saucepan; fry them on a high heat in a little olive oil. Also, don't serve them ON toast, the toast goes soggy within seconds. Either serve them WITH toast on the side or, better still, ON fried bread - stays crisp and is far more complimentary to the taste.
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    The really interesting question concerning the purchasing of baked beans is as follows.

    Once you've decided on the brand and type, why one can rather than another? (Assuming the shelves haven't been nearly emptied by hoarders, and there are multiple undamaged cans available.)

    Best wishes,
    Bob
    Last edited by rfrazier; 24th March 2020 at 13:18.

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    lidl beans are the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I have a problem with the feel and texture of beans in my mouth
    Reminds me of an ex-girlfriend...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    We started buying then as Lynn is diabetic and if she wanted to eat beans they were the safest option for her. But we both found that we prefer the taste of them to any other, there seems to be less sauce and it's thicker than the normal variety.

    Never, EVER, cook beans in a saucepan; fry them on a high heat in a little olive oil. Also, don't serve them ON toast, the toast goes soggy within seconds. Either serve them WITH toast on the side or, better still, ON fried bread - stays crisp and is far more complimentary to the taste.
    No no no. I love the almost soggy, covered in melted butter toast :)
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic View Post
    No no no. I love the almost soggy, covered in melted butter toast :)
    This, the soggy toast with the edges still crusty is the last part I eat, delicious. Oh, and Cross and Blackwell beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Passenger View Post
    Yup had cheesy beans on toast yesterday, Heinz of course. Sprinkle grated cheese on the beans on toast, 1 min or less chuck it in the micro wave, oven ready meal, optional sliced ham for a beany croque monsieur type of thing.
    Baked Beans and pasta twirls for a lazy mans pasta fazool, jazz it up with chorizo/any sausage.

    Whilst cheesy beans on toast is very nice indeed, I find that a liberal application of Marmite on the toast takes the dish to a whole new level.

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    As an aside, has anyone else had the marmite peanut butter? It's sensational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    As an aside, has anyone else had the marmite peanut butter? It's sensational.
    I enjoyed it more that I was expecting, but it's a bit "claggy"
    Although no trees were harmed during the creation of this post, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    As an aside, has anyone else had the marmite peanut butter? It's sensational.
    Bit of a discussion about that stuff here:

    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...oured-what-now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    As an aside, has anyone else had the marmite peanut butter? It's sensational.
    Cuidich 'n Righ

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    I’ve just had English mustard in my beans for the first time, bloody marvellous! Brandy on beans too.


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    things to shove in your beans

    Curry powder ( half a teaspoon)...nice but I could become a major new field for British Gas.

    Marmite/Bovril teaspoon nice and fumey.

    Smoked paprika ( tiny amount , quarter a teaspoon) , tiny dash of cinnamon and/or tiny piece of star anise , tomato puree squirt , teaspoon of black treacle , soy sauce ...proper cowboy beans

    Basil , oregano , crushed garlic clove dash of tabasco , dribble of olive oil and grated parmesan and black pepper at the end optional : sardines or anchovies

    chorizo , a few prawns , chopped celery , bay leaf ...bean gumbo ( alternative spam instead of chorizo with a bit of paprika ).

    Please note most of the above will turn you into a human blowtorch

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    Branston all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Whilst cheesy beans on toast is very nice indeed, I find that a liberal application of Marmite on the toast takes the dish to a whole new level.
    Of disgustingness.


    So clever my foot fell off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    As an aside, has anyone else had the marmite peanut butter? It's sensational.

    Surely that should be illegal?

    Or at least covered by COSHH regulations?

    Peanut butter is food of the gods, and improves most things it's added to. But not marmite.
    So clever my foot fell off.

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    Take one doorstep of white bread and stick it under the grill. When it's toasted turn over and toast the other side.
    Spread it with mustard and place a nice thick slice of ham on top.
    Then pour beans over and liberally cover in a nice strong cheddar...return to grill until cheese has nicely melted.
    Top with a runny fried egg.
    Yum.

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    Heinz but will also do Sainsbury's.

    There is one rule, no low sugar or low salt. We’ve tried a them a couple of times and they always fail to deliver the required comfort factor of old skool beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    Take one doorstep of white bread and stick it under the grill. When it's toasted turn over and toast the other side.
    Spread it with mustard and place a nice thick slice of ham on top.
    Then pour beans over and liberally cover in a nice strong cheddar...return to grill until cheese has nicely melted.
    Top with a runny fried egg.
    Yum.
    Bean porn.

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    I'm not a huge fan of baked beans and generally only have them when enjoying a Scotch pie. There is only Heinz as far as I'm concerned.

    A certain amount of ritual is attached, since there is nothing worse than dried out or over cooked beans.

    The pie(s) :) go in the oven for 18 minutes.
    At 14 minutes, the small tin of Heinz beans goes on. I've usually added a tablespoon or two of water, as I like a runny sauce.
    Added to the beans are two glugs of tobasco sauce.
    Out come the pies. A cruciform hole is made in the top of each pie and two glugs of Lea & Perrin's is poured into the hole.
    The beans are on the side, with a separate squirt of Heinz ketchup.

    Anything else is simply wrong.

    Incidentally, my Worcestershire sauce is 15 years old and improves each year, but that's another thread.

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    15 years, am guessing you don’t cook much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingBanana View Post
    Peanut butter is food of the gods, and improves most things it's added to. But not marmite.
    Peanuts are animal food. Now cashew butter is something else!

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    The last tin of beans I ate was Heinz so I've put that - this was years ago as I tend to chuck a load of curry powder and some sultanas in them so they turn my trousers and any room i'm in into chernobyl which offends the wife for some reason - so beans are off the menu.
    We do have some Aldi's own in the cupboard as a last ditch, OMG viral zombie attack apocalypse staple, so we'll be eating those tuesday after next then...

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    If you store your baked bean cans upside down they will plop out first when you open the tin, making it easier to decant unwanted liquid and no need to fish around in the bottom for rogue legumes.
    Don't Panic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    If you store your baked bean cans upside down they will plop out first when you open the tin, making it easier to decant unwanted liquid and no need to fish around in the bottom for rogue legumes.
    This is the best thing I have read on this forum in my decade and a half here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    If you store your baked bean cans upside down they will plop out first when you open the tin, making it easier to decant unwanted liquid and no need to fish around in the bottom for rogue legumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT300 View Post
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    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    Take one doorstep of white bread and stick it under the grill. When it's toasted turn over and toast the other side.
    Spread it with mustard and place a nice thick slice of ham on top.
    Then pour beans over and liberally cover in a nice strong cheddar...return to grill until cheese has nicely melted.
    Top with a runny fried egg.
    Yum.
    Is this not a cheesy, hammy, eggy? Trying to remember them from my royal fleet auxiliary days

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    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post

    As an aside I have purchased a can of Branstons to do a taste test. I know it's hard to believe but yes, I actually found a tin of baked beans in a supermarket!
    Bean update.......
    Has the Branstons for lunch. Although they were tasty enough I am still firmly in the Heinz camp.

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    Branston and 2nd place to Heinz

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    Appearing on some toast near me in the near future . . .



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    cheapest with half teaspoon of english mustard

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