Canned Bean Use
Canned beans use is on the rise in the US because they are easy to use and have many associated health benefits. About 107 million Americans use Bush's baked beans every month and baked beans are the 25th most popular food in the US. Canned beans can be used as a side dish or as an ingredient in the main dish.
How to Use Canned Beans: Side Dish Versus Ingredient
- Canned beans are already cooked and can readily be used in dishes in various ways; they can be used as substitutes for meat, as pure or standalone salad, as components of salads or mixed with cereals. They can as well be used in soups and burgers.
- Canned beans can be used in salads to improve salads' nutritive value and improve on their texture. Depending on consumers' preferences, canned beans can either be the main salad or be a part of the salad. They can also be used in casserole dishes with other ingredients and at times, these casseroles can be served as side dishes.
- Canned beans can be cooked with corn to make succotash and there is the option of adding other ingredients like meat to this mix. These beans can as well be mixed with onions, chilies and tomatoes to make salsas that can be served either hot or cold.
- Canned beans can be used directly as a side dish but to make them more attractive, most people add onions or bacon to the beans. They can be cooked with brown potatoes, usually the beans are added when the potatoes are near-cooked and the beans enhance both the taste and nutritive value of the meal.
- It is possible to smash canned beans to make smoothies for use on brownies and in sandwiches. Those who do not love the taste of beans can countered it by adding essences or fruits.
Why Canned Beans are Used
- Medical experts say canned beans are the best alternative to raw beans and to get the best out of them, purchase canned beans without added salt. Canned beans have the advantage of taking a shorter time to cook than raw beans. Canned beans have a longer shelf-life compared to raw beans, make ready stock for the kitchen store and are in the long-run cheaper than raw beans.
- A Market Watch 2019 report shows that the demand for canned beans among Americans is on the rise because they reduce chances of sugar and cholesterol related health challenges, they are an easy-cook option and they are a good take-away for people going to work.
Frequency of Canned Beans Usage
- Statistics show that the use of canned beans in the US is on the rise, Statista's 2019 survey report shows that there are about 217 million consumers of canned pork and beans in the US today and this figure is projected to be about 223 million in 2023. Another 2019 report by Statista indicates that the monthly consumption of Bush's best baked beans is over 106 million.
- A 2019 survey report by MDPI shows that Hispanic dominant & English dominant women consume more beans (3-4 times a week) than NHW women (2-3 times a week). The report also shows that about 16% of the respondents only bought canned beans while 50% of them bought both dry and canned beans. The report further indicates that about 74% of the Bilingual/English dominant women purchased canned beans, about 68% of NHW women purchased canned beans, about 50% of Hispanic-dominant women purchased canned beans and about half of the respondents did not have any canned bean brand loyalty.
- A search for canned beans side dish recipes on the All Recipes website brings about 39,000 results and a similar search for canned beans ingredients recipes brings about 32,000 results, implying that the demand for the canned beans side dishes could be higher than that of canned beans ingredients. A CNN 2019 report on America's most popular foods ranks baked beans as the 25th most popular food in the US.
We attempted to get a clear comparison of canned beans as a side dish versus ingredient, which did not yield significant results. An attempt to get this data from market researchers like Statista and All Recipes only brought results on canned beans as a whole and no reports separated the side dish and ingredient segments. We believe these results are not available publicly because most surveys done have generally looked at the use of canned beans, and not much effort has gone into studying the two usage options separately, or the results could be behind a paywall.
Also, we searched for results from surveys and studies centered on canned bean usage among Americans. We scoured through sources such as PRNewswire and Can Central, among others, for this information. However, the sources provided information that was outdated, and none of them concerned the use of canned beans as a side-dish versus as an ingredient.
Additionally, we searched for recent reports published by reputable news sites such as Newsweek, The Guardian, The Washington Post, among others, as well as industry sources covering the bean sector such as The Bean Institute. We were hoping that those sources issued reports surrounding how often canned beans are used as a side-dish versus as an ingredient in a recipe. Nonetheless, none of them offered any relevant information on the topic. Some of the sources merely addressed the "farm to fork" model used for the flow of food from a seedling to the dinner tables of consumers, while others only provided bean recipes.
A search on the All Recipes site brought about 39,000 results for side dishes and about 32,000 results for ingredients. Based on this, we assumed that the demand for canned beans as a side dish is higher than that of canned beans as an ingredient.