Ortega Black Beans For this month's issue of Good Housekeeping, we conducted a taste test of canned black beans, a convenience ingredient we never feel guilty about using.
In our test of 10 nationally available products, Ortega emerged as the winner. As I was tallying the results and reading over tasters' comments, I picked up on a pattern. Tasters were craving salt and Ortega, while it contains an average amount of sodium, definitely tasted the saltiest. It's really no wonder the tasters preferred a saltier bean. When salt is cooked into the bean, the result is a much tastier, "beani-er" flavor. This can't be replicated by simply adding more salt to your final dish. The beans will still taste flat if they weren't seasoned properly before being canned.
Of course, if you're watching your sodium intake, there are reduced sodium and low sodium options out there. Here in the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, we like Goya's Low Sodium line of beans, but if you need to cut even more sodium go for "NoRead More »from Our Tips and Recipes for Preparing Canned Black Beans