Why has no-one thought of this before? Fresh baked beans! Beans! Fresh! Herbs, flavours, real meat unlike the questionable “beans and sausages”.
Baked beans are an incredibly British thing – I remember that whilst in Thailand some places charged a fortune to have Heinz beans with your meal. I can’t imagine a life without eating them in a tomato sauce, on toast when you’re hungover, or for a tasty breakfast.
I kind of know Ben, founder of Proper Beans through a friend. We’ve been twitter friends for a while and when I found out he was making beans I just had to have in on it. I didn’t really know what it was all about until I got the package. Inside I found beautifully crafted labels wrapped around the tubs of beans I was to try.
There’s currently six flavours in the range to try and I was sent the following:
- Smoked bacon and english mustard
- Sundried tomato and english mustard
- British fava beans and smoked pork collar
- Ham hock, potato and thyme
If you’re thinking “ooh I don’t like mustard” then don’t be alarmed. It is not overbearing in the least. It is merely a flavour enhancer rather than the main ingredient. The tomato tastes fresh because, well, it is fresh. The beans are soft but not mushy like other ones and I loved the idea of the fava beans instead of the usual haricot beans. The richness of the flavours is apparent and comes from natural sources. There’s nothing artificial there!
I have to say that I felt so posh whilst I was eating these! And the flavour is so much of an improvement on the tinned version. Plus they’re much more creative in their tastes. That’s what freshness gives you, flexibility. And they actually had quite a long expiry date on them too.
Proper Beans took 18 months of development, that’s a lot of bean tasting. Not many people get to say they met Richard Branson, even fewer say he has tried their products. Proper Beans was awarded Most Exciting New Brand at the Virgin Foodpreneur Fest 2014. You can find out more in the video below.
As Ben is based in London and only at the start of his journey, the products are currently only available in and around the London area, including Fortnum & Mason. Find out where Proper Beans are available. I truly cannot wait to see nationwide supplies of this! Or even availability via Ocado? Fingers crossed.
Photo courtesy of Proper Beans
Disclaimer: I was sent the products for review purposes but as always, my reviews remain independent.