Has Beens

Hands up those who remember the advert in the UK
Beanz meanz Heinz?
As a kid, I was never a fan of beans, much preferring spaghetti but I was in a minority. If Mum could get the small tins, or tins of beans and sausages which I did love, I went without, or just had a spoonful on my plate to show willing. We don’t buy spaghetti now anyway as the last tin we had was, er, tasteless and all slops, but that was not Heinz.

Beans have changed over the years,  and why pay £1 a tin when you can get a four pack for 98p? Of course they aren’t a branded name, but unless you bought the tins of coloured water with lumps in cheapest supermarket range at about 9p a can, they weren’t bad.
We have discovered Hubby can digest baked beans with little problem, and they are also a free food in the SW bible. I’m still not keen, so happy to have a spoonful and Hubs can have the rest.
That was until we found the little tins of Heinz which were ideal for him and have my taste buds drooling. They are not cheap, at 3 for around £1.50 or maybe £1.20 if you’re lucky (watch best before dates though), but I have changed my tune. The question is of course are the big tins as good and affordable on our budget?

Our shopping list in 2015

Shopping list in 2019

Our current brand of choice is adequate and when we both have them, a 400g tin is perfect. I remember my boss would eat his beans cold out of the tin and made me shudder. But I have to confess, Heinz taste pretty decent cold too, though I don’t think I could manage an entire tin like that!

No, I am not working for Heinz and promoting their products. Just an observation, and who knows, now I’ve had an increase in my works pension of £1.15 pm and Hubby has had an increase of 65p a week on his disability benefits, maybe we can treat ourselves.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Has Beens

  1. Liz says:

    Oh yes. I remember that advert. 😊

  2. willowdot21 says:

    I do remember the Beanz Meanz Hienz! And I agree they do vary from make to make!
    We buy our youngest and his wife a delivery of coffee every month. They love it and we do it every year. Why am I telling you this….because the firm is called “Has Beans.” 💜💜💜

  3. I love beans and had managed to make a decent version at home but can’t get any tomato puree at the moment so we don’t eat any 😊🙋‍♀️🐝

  4. I’ve never heard of Heinz in conjunction with beans. O_o Over here it’s more ketchup (sauce) than beans if you hear “Heinz”. The most popular brand of pork and beans is Van Camps. For baked beans, it’s probably “Bush’s”. Beans stopped being on my personal menu before my gall bladder surgery as the pain after eating them was not worth it. Now I can have some canned beans now and then, not as severe pain; but you’re absolutely right about what’s IN the can now. Nothing like those old products except in name. Colored water is an apt description with very little flavor to the things.

  5. murisopsis says:

    I’m not much for brand loyalty but there are a few name brands that are worth the extra cost. I’m guessing for you it is Heinz. We like Bush baked beans the homestyle and original versions…

    • Until the little tins, we haven’t been brand loyal either. Aldi’s beans are pretty good (4 cans for 98p) and for some years we bought Branstons, but they improved the recipe and we didn’t like them so much. I don’t think I’ll be paying £1 a tin for beans though, but I haven’t really priced Heinz yet so we’ll see. The cheaper ones are OK.

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