|Oct 01, 2009 6:32 pm
||re: Turkey/Chicken White Bean Stew Crockpot Recipe - Bean Note
|| Hiya BJ.
I'd thought I'd clear up just what "cannellini beans" are
so folks would recognize the beans they use normally...
Cannellini, Great Northern and Navy are three popular types
of white beans. What's the difference between them?
Cannellini beans are large and have that traditional kidney
shape. With a slightly nutty taste and mild earthiness,
they have a relatively thin skin and tender, creamy flesh.
They hold their shape well and are one of the best white
beans for salads and ragouts.
Great Northern beans are smaller than cannellinis and
suitable for any number of uses: salads, soups, stews,
ragouts, purees. Their texture is slightly grainy, with a
nutty, dense flavor. Popular in North America, Great
Northerns look like white baby lima beans.
Navy beans are small and oval and cook relatively quickly
(which, as Aliza Green notes in The Bean Bible, has made
them popular with commercial baked bean manufacturers).
Known as Boston beans, the white coco, pea beans or alubias
chicas, Navy beans are perfect for dishes that don't need
the full bean shape to shine: purees, soups, stews and
It's great to know the differences between the three and
it's worth paying more attention to them when you're using
dried beans. Truthfully though, when we use canned white
beans, we use these three almost interchangeably.
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