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Best online sources for dried beans?

SaraBClever Feb 9, 2009 04:23 PM

I'd like to find a good place to buy a wide variety of dried beans online. I know whole foods has the bins but I think I've heard there are even more varieties out there--what's a good source for online beans? And not an expensive source--I love beans, but I also know they should not be an expensive food! Thanks!

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    SaraBClever Feb 23, 2009 06:28 AM

    Thanks everyone! I've ordered from rancho gordo -- looks great.

    I also found this site online: http://www.purcellmountainfarms.com/ They have the biggest selection I've seen. What do people think about this place?

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      CocoaNut Feb 10, 2009 02:00 PM

      Yep, fresh beans do cook more quickly and Camillia is the answer.

      Camillia beans may be purchased from The Cajun Grocer at under $2.00/lb
      Shipping cost, on the other hand, is a different story.


      1. Passadumkeg Feb 10, 2009 04:58 AM

        Thanks, I checked out the site and it does look good. One question, however, is the price. I couldn't easily find find the price per quantity. Is the $4.95 per lb.? How much?

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        1. re: Passadumkeg
          Caitlin McGrath Feb 10, 2009 01:41 PM

          Yes, the prices are per pound (if you click on the link for the variety, you'll see the page you get says "Shipping Weight: 1.00 pound, and also has info about the particular beans). As kirinraj notes above, they cook faster than others; that's because they're so much fresher.

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath
            Passadumkeg Feb 10, 2009 02:34 PM

            I buy in bulk from our local health food store/coop. The price is less than half. Is rancho gordo really worth it. We often eat beans twice a day, but w/ 5 kids grown, I guess we can now splurge.

            1. re: Passadumkeg
              Caitlin McGrath Feb 10, 2009 02:48 PM

              Point is, RG offers something different, with its heirloom varieties you can't find at your average co-op, and extremely high quality. Perhaps not your everyday beans, but worth trying...maybe something more exotic than pintos, etc.

              1. re: Passadumkeg
                OakTownHound Feb 11, 2009 04:31 PM

                They are absolutely worth it. They are certainly more expensive than ordinary beans, but they're still quite cheap. A pound of beans yields roughly six cups, so a one cup serving (a very generous serving) is about $0.82. If the beans are not your main course but rather part of a dish, like a soup or stew, figure 1/3 cup per serving, or about $0.28.

                Try Ranch Gordo; you'll never go back.

          2. kirinraj Feb 9, 2009 08:23 PM

            i agree. rancho gordo kicks ass. they cook a lot faster than supermarket beans

            1. Caitlin McGrath Feb 9, 2009 07:55 PM

              Don't know what you consider expensive, but the best source I know is Rancho Gordo, which sells incredibly fresh, flavorful heirloom beans, about 20 varieties. Flat shipping rate, too.


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