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Canned Baked Beans

A sweet discovery helped us see which baked beans are best.

Published June 1, 2009

What You Need To Know

Since they are so mild, white beans are often cooked with plenty of salt, sugar, and pork—the alchemy that makes baked beans so popular. And while baked beans are a staple of backyard gatherings, few of us bother to make them from scratch. Canned baked beans deliver convenience, especially in the heat of summer. But are they any good?

Sampling Pork-Based and Vegetarian Baked Beans