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Is there an alternate name for "Great Northern Beans"? Or a good substitute?

Because she couldn't find them anywhere, a friend asked a question here a few hours ago -- asking where to buy Great Northern Beans. But as she wants to buy them today -- in NYC -- so I think she asked the wrong question.

So maybe the right question to ask is "is there another name for Great Northern Beans"? Or possibly, "what are the characteristics of Great Northern Beans and what would make a good substitute in a recipe?"

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TiggyBee added over 3 years ago

She could try navy beans or cannellini. I imagine the bulk bins at Whole Foods would have them

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TiggyBee added over 3 years ago

https://www.wholefoodsmarket...

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Cara Eisenpress added over 3 years ago

Yeah, I think any white bean will do.

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Kayb added over 3 years ago

Navy beans are a bit smaller, cannelini a bit larger, but I can't make a big difference in the taste. I tend to prefer navies, myself. But I can't imagine not being able to find Great Northern -- I can usually get them even if a store doesn't carry navies or cannelini

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Mr_Vittles added over 3 years ago

Navy beans and Cannelini will do in a pinch, but I know a lot of people who will only use Great Northerns because they swear they make a difference in their version of baked beans. Personally, I use whatever is most convenient, my local Winco sells them in bulk bins.

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susan g added over 3 years ago

Another alternative is baby limas.

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mainecook61 added over 3 years ago

Navy beans or yellow eye beans.

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