Monday, May 24, 2010

Grandma Brown's Baked Beans



Ever seen these old timey' yellow cans of Grandma Brown's Home Baked Beans at the store? They come in a couple of sizes, one of them being a gigantic, triumphant, "family size" can. I always pass by them and chuckle at the attractive ugliness of the label design.



Did you know that these bad boys are an Upstate New York product, straight out of scenic Mexico, New York (kind of by Oswego)? I have actually been to Mexico, it's god's country there.

I am a big bean fan (read my recent porky recipe here), but I find it fairly simple to make my own. I rarely find the need to buy a canned product, but when convenience calls I go for Grandma Brown's. Reading the list of ingredients you will find no chemicals/additives/preservatives. As you know, simplicity is my watchword and water, navy beans, brown sugar, salt, bacon and baking soda are all that's in the can.



These are wonderful baked beans, simple and tasty. On their own the beans are great as a side dish, but many people also use them as a starting point for whatever strange and wonderful bean recipes that have been passed down through the generations. I don't like to futz with them too much. My favorite is to thinly slice in some regular ol' hot dogs (Stewart's Deli Dogs in this case) to make a mess of what I have always referred to as Beanies and Weenies.



Into the oven for a few and you are all set. This kind of goes into the what do you eat that is kind of gross and you are a little ashamed of category of foods that I like. I also have been know to get a can of the bean soup with bacon-



and eat it cold with tortilla chips as a bean dip of sorts.

Anyhow, Grandma Brown's products are good, wholesome, and from small town New York. So eschew the Bush's and Campbell's and pick up that ugly yellow and brown can of Grandma's beans for your memorial day cookout (Price Chopper and the Delmar Marketplace have them). If you are an outlander than you can get them off of the wonderful Taste of CNY (Central New York) website that I discovered.

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57 comments:

  1. mmmmm, Grandma Brown's scream childhood to me - one of my top comfort foods. My mom loaded them up with brown sugar and sometimes a bit of bacon. In all these years, though, I never knew they were an upstate product!

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  2. This would explain why I can't find them out here.

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    1. http://www.northcroghanoutpost.com/grandmabrownsbakedbeans.aspx

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    2. You can get them through Amazon.

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  3. Once again, Mr. Dave, my deep thanks for this felicitous news!

    I am going camping this weekend, and need to feed somewhere along the lines of 20 people. I like the softness canned baked beans get, and wanted to serve them for a side. I'll be grabbing a small can to try out this eve.

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  4. I grew up there ... my mom actually knew Grandma Brown. (That really is her picture on the can.) In my 50+ years I don't think they've ever changed the design of the can. I'm in NJ now, but still can get them. My kids think I'm nuts, but there's nothing like taking leftover GB beans (baked with some brown sugar) and using them cold to make a sandwich with lots of butter and some catsup.

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    1. I'm sure people think you are nuts, but my mother liked GBs bean sandwiches and now I have also developed a taste for them. They are a great vegetarian choice. Unfortunately, I can not get them in NC, but I know several ladies who will not leave NY without a few cans of Grandma Browns Beans.

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    2. You can get them on Amazon.com.

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    3. You can get Grandma Brown's baked beans on Amazon.com.

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    4. I don't think you are nuts at all. My mom and dad ate bean sandwiches and so does my husband.

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    5. Cold on a sandwich w/hellmann's real mayonnaise... Yummy too the tummy!!! I live here in Mexico, New York right where them Beans be made ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    6. Make the sandwich on toast with a slice of American cheese. Every time I go back to Rochester I pick up a case or my parents bring a case with them when they visit us in Tampa.

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  5. I was born in Fulton NY not far from Mexico NY.
    Grandma Browns was an "institution" for any baked bean fan in our area. In the early 50's the company had a booth at the NYS Fair, and sold bean sandwiches for .15 (fifteen cents !).
    There was a one block line of people waiting for them. The next year ? No GB sandwiches. Rumor had it that the "hot dog and burger" guys threatened not to come back if GB was allowed ! I believe it was true.
    Jim Mahern - "still a fan"!

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  6. That is the same label that was on them 30 years ago when I lived in upstate NY.

    for all of you that don't live in Upstate NY--Wegmans grocery store carries Grandma Browns. Unfortunately, I don't have a Wegmans anywhere nearby, but I stock up when I am in PA visiting family.

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  7. That is the same label they have had as long as I can remember and I am sure they taste the same too. I am just over 70, so memory must go back at least 60 or more years. So glad Wegmans has come to MA and I can go stock up on them, when we make it up to there new store.

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  8. The label changed. I have a copyright 1951 can and the style is more old-fashioned and Grandma looks like Grandma's grandma.

    And what's up with this "ugly"? "Rural" I could go for. "Authentic" I could go for. But "Ugly" sounds like the poster here doesn't know enough words to function, let alone writing web pages.

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    1. Ooooh, you are all offended. You are right, I am an imbecile. I definitely have not crowed about how much I love the label design several times in numerous posts. I definitely did not use the descriptors "attractive" and "old timey" in this very post....

      People like you should be barred from the internet. You are a small person who takes time out of his day to write self righteous comments on a food blog. Think about that for a minute... Is that really how you wanted your life to turn out?

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  9. I love Grandma Brown's Baked Beans! I tried them for the first time when I was living in NH. I grew up in Ohio, they don't sell it there. The label is very simplistic, just like the ingredients. Beans beans the wonderful fruit, the more you eat the more you toot......

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    1. Lol, It goes,Beans,Beans the musical fruit. The more you eat,the more you toot.

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  10. http://www.northcroghanoutpost.com/grandmabrownsbakedbeans.aspx

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  11. Love the GB Baked Beans and the GB Bean Soup...love everything about the product, the company and where they're located...when you're actually there, you're one step closer to heaven.

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  12. We loved GB beans since we first tasted them over 30 years ago in Callicoon, NY (Peck's Market). In fact we loved them so much we named our annual mens weekend after our "Grandma"....This year GB36!.....

    Who are we? A group of high school & college friends/relatives that get together for weekend each summer. This years reunion will be attended by at least thirty friends as we have done since 1978. J Lawrence Chamberlain

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    1. Hi, I was just reviewing these posts and I'm amazed that you really named your reunion after GB beans! You started these retreats in 78? That was the year I was born in Syracuse, and then home to Mexico NY. Grandma Lulu Brown is my great grandmother. It is still a family business and I would love to hear more about your retreats. Beans are on me for the next retreat!... Mike Brown Madden

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  13. loved Grandma Browns baked beans for over 25 years have moved to Western Mass and they don't sell them here. Where can I find them. What store carries them? PLease help. I Miss tghem.

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    1. Price choppers and Tops still carry them although now Mexico NY has a Tops Market right near GB factory and has the nerve to say that they may stop carrying them all together isnt that a shame.these big super stores come in and ruin what small businesses there still are and who still comes out on top Grandma Brown's baked beans and I'm glad they dont change the label it's perfect the way it is. The label hasn't changed and neither have the beans!

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    2. I am from Mexico NY and I love Grandma Brown's baked beans. Cold from the can is YUM YUM YUMMY! Mustard is the topping of choice. We used to have to bring them, salt potatoes, and Hoffman hot dogs back to Maryland for our friends who fell in love with NY foods. Now we just go Wegmens ....

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  14. These are the best beans in the country! I always have to get some when I go to NY to visit family!

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  15. Grandma Brown's are the best!! Add some brown sugar and molasses! Add some bacon and caramelized onion, too! I love them! I always have to bring some back from NY!

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  16. There is a Wegmans in Norhborough. If they don't have them stocked, they will order them if you ask.

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  17. There is a Wegmans in Norhborough. If they don't have them stocked, they will order them if you ask.

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  18. Just ordered a CASE from Amazon. From Sodus Point, NY and I couldn't find them in VA or now in Vegas. Cannot wait to warm up that first can and be transported back to my childhood. :) Ame

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  19. You just can't do anything bad or ridiculous to a can of GB...chopped onions, molasses, pineapple chunks, brown sugar, a little hot sauce...OMG....and the 3 a.m. bean and ketsup sandwiches....the best. On visits to Upstate NY where I grew up [Hannibal, Syracuse, Oswego...] or to Wegman's in Baltimore, guaranteed I'll have a few cans in the car on my return trips.

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    1. I live in Hannibal and I believe the Village Market carries Grandma Browns Beans.

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  20. Aside from refried beans, Grandma Brown’s were the only beans I would eat as a kid growing up in upstate NY. I was eating an inferior, overly sauced canned baked bean product recently and became curious about them, which led me here. Glad to see they are still around. Now that I think about it, they are almost closer in texture to refried beans. A funny coincidence that they are from Mexico, NY too.

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  21. I grew up down the road from Mexico in Phoenix, NY, so I've eaten my fair share of Gramma Browns. To this day, when I go up to visit, I get some Hofmanns Snappy Grillers, Freihoffers New England style hot dog buns, Hofmanns mustard, a can of Gramma Browns, and savor every bite!

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  22. I love grandma brown baked beans, but since I moved down state you can not find them anywhere :-(

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  23. Help me...I need the beans.. please

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  24. Okay maybe I'm crazy, but I was brought up on these beans, and I love them!! I recently moved back to the area, and one of the first things I did was buy a can of beans. They were okay but seemed much runnier than I remember them being. I remember my Mom putting a couple strips of bacon on top before putting them in the oven, just for a little moisture. What I got had more of the texture of regular baked beans. Has anyone else noticed this?

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    1. I'm guessing you bought GB saucepan beans instead of the baked beans?

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  25. Okay you will probably think I'm crazy, but I grew up on GB beans, I haven't had them for 30 years, because I live in Fl. I just got back into the area, and one of the first things I did was buy a can of beans. I remember them being much thicker, my Mom used to put a couple slices of bacon on top just for a little moisture. What I got was more the consistency of other baked beans, has anyone else noticed this over the years?

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    1. The cans I am getting up here by Lake Ontario seem to be the same... sometimes the separate a bit and need to be stirred up ... I think what happens is that it all depends on how they are reheated ... if you put them in a crock (with bacon on top of course) and slow cook them in the oven they will be nice and thick ... if you pan heat them they will be thinner ....

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    2. Rosebud, GB actually makes regular brown beans-the runny kind. You may have picked up the wrong can by mistake. They look almost the same. Any can I have had is always almost solid when I opened it.

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  26. These have been around forever ... at least as far back as the 50s when I was a kid growing up in Pumpkin Hook, NY (look that one up on facebook!) Great cold as a sandwich with some mayo (for God's sake not Miricle Whip) and a little Balsamic Vinegar... yummmmmmmmmm

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  27. I grew up in Northern NY (and student taught in Delmar while I was at Hartwick College). I only had Grandma Brown's beans a few times because my mother always made her beans from scratch. She was kind of a Grandma Brown herself; her beans tasted very similar. But since she is no longer cooking and lives far from me, a few cans purchased at the Wegman's in Virginia will transport me back not only to the North Country but also to my mother's kitchen of the 50s and 60s.Yum.

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  28. My family added brown sugar and French's regular mustard to them. The mustard adds a bit of zip. We also ate bean sandwiches. Love Grandma Brown's. Thanks for the memories, Mr Dave!

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  29. Add a few ingredients and almost as good as my mother's made from scratch baked beans. We winter in Florida and always take cans of Grandma Brown's with us. No other beans compare!NYS also has hot dogs and spiedie sauce which can't be purchased in many areas

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  30. Any of my family that moved south or west that couldn't get them their parents would always take a few cans of these to them as our whole family has always loved them since day 1. They are as close to homemade as you can get without all the time and effort put forth. Beans are also healthy for everyone. God Bless NY for putting out good, natural products for everyone. Barb H. from Horseheads, NY

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  31. We add brown sugar and molasses. Period. Absolutely best beans to go with Cornell sauce barbecued chicken. Oh yes, right here in the Finger Lakes, near Ithaca, NY.

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  32. Grew up eating GB baked beans cooked in a sauce pan with maple syrup added. You can't get more "upstate NY" than that!

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  33. my hometown is Buffalo NY, grew up eating these my whole life. Just recently moved to NC and couldn't find them. after 50 yrs I Need My Grandma Browns. every time I go back home I stock up on them, even if people are coming to visit I tell them they have to bring them to me. people wonder why my beans are so awesome, I tell them it's a Buffalo secret recipe. LOL

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    1. I found you can order them on Amazon.com fairly reasonably

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  34. My grandmother passed an awesome baked bean recipe down to me, that my family...children, and now grandchildren absolutely love. Lol....my ex husband has tried to get my baked bean, Mac salad, and chicken and dumplings recipes from me, to no avail.

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  35. Folks would ask my grandmother to make her baked beans, thinking she had slaved for hours over them. She would open the LARGE can, doctor them up with brown sugar and bacon, bake and serve. The pan was always empty at the end of the gathering. My Dad(her son)created what we kids called dessert beans- a lot of brown sugar and molasses oozing over the top, warm and bubbly from the oven. The leftovers were good cold as well! YUM!

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  36. Although the beans taste great and nothing can compare, don't drive by the factory on a hot day, boy those beans stink lol. I live 3 minutes away from mexico, born and raised mexiconian

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  37. I make special trips to Watertown or Ogdensburg just to stock up on these beans! They are the best. I 'dress' them up with extra bacon, peppers and onions, plus a couple of other secret ingredients. Everybody loves them. This is a staple at all potluck meals and the family bbq!

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  38. Why do I remember them as being almost in a "paste", while the last time I bought them, they were "liquidy", like Campbell's Beans? I was so disappointed! Does anyone else remember them as "pastey" - where you had to spoon them out of the can? Now you can pour them out. I do not like the new formula. Bring back the original!

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    1. The baked beans are still "pasty" in my experience. Perhaps you had the Saucepan Beans?

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