🔕 🔔

My Basket ()

All questions

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?"

While Peter no longer works for Food52 he still thinks up ways to make the website better.

asked over 6 years ago
8 answers 183969 views
Ddd52943 cdf0 4edb a2d4 73aa286607f0  399571 2853636453848 1694221275 n
added over 6 years ago

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

Ddd52943 cdf0 4edb a2d4 73aa286607f0  399571 2853636453848 1694221275 n
F4a2a164 2e55 4f56 9893 6206670f595e  dscf3013
added over 6 years ago

Yeah, I think any white bean will do.

B0f2c3df 9bf7 43fc 8544 eb75ba85a60e  kay at lake
added over 6 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

2b00435b fe24 44bb afe2 ad3364f28f79  1390710 10151917400148928 1193325941 n 1
added over 6 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.

C0d1f1de 4134 43ba 9510 1d7a8caa31f3  scan0004
added over 6 years ago

Another alternative is baby limas.

E0cc9d5c 6544 49fb b0e4 5c150d9ac0f7  imag0055
added over 6 years ago

Navy beans or yellow eye beans.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added about 3 years ago

Are these what we English call butter beans? I.e. Bigger than cannellini/haricot beans ?

Let's Keep in Touch!

Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.

(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)

Please enter a valid email address.