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kengk Nov 12, 2012 02:45 PM

Anybody here use them? Do you think they are worth the price?

I've got a pot of cheap ass grocery store (Ingles/ Laura Lynn) pinto beans cooking and I'm not pleased with the way they look.

I'm as frugal as they come but crap is not a bargain at any price.

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    sisterfunkhaus Nov 18, 2012 12:54 PM

    I'm in the minority in that the only beans I like of theirs are the chickpeas. They were much more fresh tasting than any dried I can get in Dallas, where the dried chickpeas have most likely been sitting on the shelf for a year. I've tried the mother stallards, the black beans, and popcorn. None of it was anything special. I think it's because I have a great local gourmet market where I can get organic dried beans and heirloom popcorn. I mostly use black beans, and where I live, they are very popular and don't sit on the shelf for long.

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      magiesmom Nov 18, 2012 01:02 PM

      If you try the Christmas Limas you will be hooked, perhaps.

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      DrMag Nov 17, 2012 06:48 PM

      I agree with everyone else- RG beans are fantastic! I've been buying several pounds at a time to consolidate shipping costs. The whole family are crazy for them and are now voting on their favorite varieties

      1. DuchessNukem Nov 14, 2012 02:14 PM

        They're high quality and cook beautifully. The Mother Stallards are fat, solid little beauties. And the Christmas Limas have a delightful flavor (I know the word "lima" scares lots of people).

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          JudiAU Nov 15, 2012 08:26 PM

          Hum. Dried, good limas. I might have to try those. When shell beans are in season my kids LOVE fresh lima beans.

        2. Will Owen Nov 13, 2012 05:53 PM

          I've been getting my beans lately from the various farmer's markets, but out of season Rancho Gordo is the best. Easy site to navigate, easy to order, and if you're only 100+ miles away they show up PDQ. I think they must supply those Santa Maria pinquitos our niece used to bring us when she was home from UCSB, because those are very clean and cook beautifully.

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            JudiAU Nov 14, 2012 12:46 PM

            If I had to pay for shipping I might rethink them but I almost always pick up 6-8 pounds when visiting SF at the farmer's market. Those, nestled with jam and raw meat make my luggage among the most interesting for the TSA.

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              ksbee Nov 14, 2012 01:55 PM

              Rancho Gordo are definitely worth the price! The flavor of the heirlooms are far superior to grocery store-bought beans. I haven't ordered in about 6 months, but they used to ship as much as you wanted for a flat fee, so I wait till I'm totally out, and then order about 9 months worth!

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            JudiAU Nov 12, 2012 08:17 PM

            They are great beans. And truly, still a bargain compared to other proteins.

            1. tcamp Nov 12, 2012 06:32 PM

              I love RG beans and I order them periodically. But for 4 of us, they're too pricey to be my main beans. I make at least a pound of beans every week, often twice that.

              I buy pintos in 10 pound bags from a hispanic market where there is high turnover and, honestly, I have never felt they are crappy.

              1. ElsieB Nov 12, 2012 04:03 PM

                Absolutely the best beans! For years I wondered why my bean soaking and cooking was so hit and miss - reason was inconsistent, old, past their prime by many years beans from a shelf in a store. RG beans are always perfect and the flavors are rich and delicious. I highly rec RG beans!

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                  smaki Nov 12, 2012 04:56 PM

                  I often buy beans from the bulk bin at Winco (which learned by talking to an employee turn over every two days like all store items or stop selling it - so fresh from their supplier). Never have had any problems. The small red beans I made chili last week with were $0.92 cents a pound. Bean results are similar to Dennison's, Nalley and other canned chili.

                  DIRECTIONS: Check beans for rocks (once in a while find one) then soak in plain water overnight. Change water next morning. Then bring to a boil then turn down to simmer and cook until desired texture - about 3 hours is my typical. Where I like some of the beans to start to fall apart where others are still whole for varied texture. But you can make them harder by cooking less or softer by cooking longer. Eat a few beans once in a while as to test if done. Remove from heat and drain when are how you want them. Then add to any desired recipe.

                2. HillJ Nov 12, 2012 03:38 PM

                  And they stand by their beans. 100%, every bean perfect in the bag or they send a free replacement bag. Their popcorn seeds are fab too!

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                    tlegray Nov 12, 2012 04:01 PM

                    I like their pinquitos beans and it's the only place I can get them. It's the only place that I can find them so they are worth it to me. I haven't tried any other bean though.

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                    soccermom13 Nov 12, 2012 03:22 PM

                    Hi Kengk,
                    I'm really frugal too but I LOVE the Vallarta beans from RG:
                    http://www.ranchogordo.com/mm5/mercha...

                    I have even mail-ordered them and paid shipping costs, which is a big deal for me. They are that good.

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                      janehathaway Nov 12, 2012 03:05 PM

                      Definitely worth the price. Great quality.

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