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Where oh where are my wax beans?

 
 
Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 12:43 pm
It's been harder and harder to find wax beans in the grocery store these days.

Went to 6 grocery stores and still can't find any canned wax/yellow beans (let alone fresh). Need them to finish off my 4 bean salad. I have red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and green beans.

Any suggestions for replacing the yellow beans if I can't find them by Friday (its for a Saturday picnic)?
 
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 12:47 pm
@tsarstepan,
See if they have them in frozen form. Look for a canned 3 or 4 bean salad. It will have some wax beans.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 12:49 pm
@tsarstepan,
I've just had to look up wax beans.

They look like whole french beans but yellow. Are they the same thing?
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 12:53 pm
@Lordyaswas,

They are in the same family, but I think they have a slightly different texture and taste.

http://static.caloriecount.about.com/images/medium/sw-cut-wax-beans-4960.jpg

http://www.delmonte.com/media/product/product_photo_425.png

https://tw-projects.s3.amazonaws.com/birdseye/prod/images/products/4a9493f2cd43209cdd1010901a70dc08.jpg
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 12:54 pm
@tsarstepan,
Noticed the same thing with Lima Beans. Cannot get 'em. I don't like them, but I have an aunt who likes them and has been searching for them.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 01:02 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Here's info and images of the various types of snap or string bean.


What you refer to as the French bean, I often hear referred to as haricot verts. It is not exactly the same as the common string bean.

http://www.foodsubs.com/Snapbean.html
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 01:03 pm
@Butrflynet,
Butrflynet wrote:

See if they have them in frozen form. Look for a canned 3 or 4 bean salad. It will have some wax beans.

Nothing in the frozen aisles (though I only looked there in a couple of the grocery stores this week). And yes, I could buy the canned 4 bean salad but I was hoping to make it homemade for the picnic like I did for last year for several picnics. Sad
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 01:06 pm
@tsarstepan,
A farmer's market may still have some fresh ones. It is getting late in the season for them.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 01:14 pm
@tsarstepan,
chinese long beans (sort of an asparagus flavor)
http://whatscookingamerica.net/KarenCalanchini/ChineseLongBeans.htm

italian flat beans - or broad beans (not the same as favas)
http://0.tqn.com/d/cookingfortwo/1/0/_/7/-/-/beans-anchovies03-500.JPG
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 01:20 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Maybe this is happening again with the western drought and floods nearly everywhere else.


Quote:
I did some Googling and found a blog in Maryland that asked about a lima bean shortage, and this item from the National Frozen Food Association:


Peas | Corn | Carrots | Green Beans | Limas | Squash

LIMA BEANS

Limas have been the most troubled of all our crops this 2008 season and the pack has been deeply impacted by acreage availability. Limas are generally grown in a specific area of Eastern Washington and this area can also grow grain crops which have doubled and tripled in value this past year. Acres available to National this year decreased by 40-50%. Even with a budget pack and good quality we still expect to be short of our lima bean needs.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 01:23 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:

chinese long beans (sort of an asparagus flavor)
http://whatscookingamerica.net/KarenCalanchini/ChineseLongBeans.htm

italian flat beans - or broad beans (not the same as favas)

Thanks Osso. I'll look into those options. Though I already spent far too much money on food for this picnic. Plus the yellow beans gives some color contrast to the other ingredients. C'est la fève!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 01:25 pm
We get them fresh here (as well as frozen) in supermarkets and fresh on the market and in farm shops.

The first broad beans are sold now as well.
Quote:
Dicke Bohnen or broad beans are an old German food. They provided much of the nutrition in the Middle Ages and are still happily eaten in Westphalia and along the Rhine.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 01:35 pm
@tsarstepan,
I heard it through the grapevine that due to all the activity in Brazil due to WC, they're out having a Brazilian wax.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 02:10 pm
Going to try Trader Joes then Target then Pathmark after work today.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 02:17 pm
@tsarstepan,
Sure hope they enjoy the salad!
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 04:49 pm
@Frank Apisa,
I certainly hope they appreciate it as well.

Went to all three stores and found the last can of cut wax beans at Pathmark.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 07:37 pm
@tsarstepan,
so what's the recipe?
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 07:55 pm
@tsarstepan,
they have em at the oxford and Leola produce auctions held in Lancaster and chester counties in pa . Im here to help, its what I does,
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 08:07 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

so what's the recipe?

A picnic friendly four bean salad:
http://www.eatingrules.com/2012/04/four-bean-salad

I added chopped orange bell pepper and red bell pepper to the recipe for color and flavor. As well as baby corn cobs....
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jun, 2014 08:13 pm
@tsarstepan,
looks much like one my university roommate used to make

def better than the pre-made canned ones

next step - starting with fresh beans Wink
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