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Canned Black Beans

While salt can be both friend and foe, mush is always a foe.

Published Feb. 1, 2010

What You Need To Know

Most canned black beans have three main ingredients: beans, water, and salt. So how different could they taste? Plenty different, we found out when 22 test cooks and editors from America’s Test Kitchen sampled six national brands—three of them organic—in a blind test. We tasted them plain (drained and rinsed), and also in a test kitchen recipe for black bean soup.

The results neatly ...