I love beans; all kinds of them. I love green beans and white beans and kidney beans. However, my favorite bean of all is the butter bean.
That is bad because sometimes butter beans can be difficult to find. Up until recently, our commissary didn’t carry one single brand. However, in the last couple of months they began carrying Allens Large Butter Beans.
I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to try them. Unfortunately, they weren’t at all what I expected or wanted.
According to the company, they have been “serving up memories” for a long time; 1926 to be exact. I have to say that the memories their butter beans served up were not pleasant ones, at least for me.
Of course you have to keep in mind that Allens Large Butter Beans are completely heart healthy. They are cholesterol and fat free and high in fiber. Maybe that is why they are low in taste.
Allens Large Butter Beans come in a 15.5 oz can, which represents 3.5 servings. A serving size is calculated at .5 cup or 129 grams. There are 130 calories in each serving.
Allens Large Butter Beans contain 25 grams of carbohydrate; 1 gram of sugar and 260 milligrams of sodium. They also contain 8 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. Additionally, these beans provide 10% of the daily-recommended amount of iron and 2% of the needed calcium.
Ingredients include prepared lima beans, salt and water. They also contain calcium chloride and calcium disodium EDTA.
The beans can be heated and served right from the can. Cook on the stovetop or microwave. Simmer gently until hot for firm beans or cook on low heat for 2 to 5 minutes for softer beans. For an extra buttery taste, drain the water from the can and cook the beans in a butter sauce.
These beans are a product of Allens, Inc. out of Siloam springs, Arizona. Here is my summary review:
Taste: 3 stars. There is nothing specifically wrong with these beans other than a decided lack of taste. That can; however, be remedied with a bit of spice and butter.
Freshness: 5 stars. Allens Large Butter Beans come canned and will remain fresh until the can is opened. After that, they should be eaten or refrigerated. A freshness date is printed on the top of each can for customers to gage when these beans are best served.
Variety: 5 stars. If butter beans aren’t your thing, Allens also makes barbecue beans, black beans, black eyed peas, chili beans, extra fancy vegetarian beans, garbonzo beans, green beans, Italian green beans, kidney beans, navy beans and more. The company makes several kinds of baked beans, including maple cured bacon baked beans, homestyle baked beans, onion baked beans and original baked beans.
Nutrition: 4 stars. Allens Large Butter Beans are high in carbs, moderate in salt, low in sugar and fat and cholesterol free. They are a great source of fiber and protein and also provide iron and calcium in small amounts.
Packaging: 2 stars. The packaging for Allens Large Butter Beans is hardly memorable. It features a country scene in the top one-fourth of the label on top of which the Allens logo sits. Unfortunately, it fades into the background and really does have much impact. Below that is a navy blue banner spelling out the type of beans in the can in white lettering. A picture of the actual beans takes up the lower one-third of the can. The photo; however, is rather dull and unappetizing.
Ease of storage: 4 stars. Allens Large Butter Beans are canned in a regular vegetable sized can that measures nearly 4″ in height and almost 3″ in diameter. The can will fit well in most kitchen cabinets or cupboards, a kitchen pantry or even in some deep kitchen drawers. Once opened, the beans should be stored out of the can in the refrigerator.
Availability: 2 stars. I’ve never seen this brand before and have not noticed in any local stores. It might take some research to find where the brand is carried locally.
Price: 3 stars. The beans were a bit expensive at over $1 per can. I can buy other brands at local grocers and discount department stores for under that amount.
Product purchase probability: 2 stars. I’m not sure I would buy this brand again unless it was the only type of butter beans I could find.
Final rating: 3.5 stars. There is room for a lot of improvement.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor