How Much Do Green Beans Cost?
Green beans are a staple in many recipes and side dishes. What would Thanksgiving be without a steaming dish of green bean casserole? Or what about a bowl of steamed green beans with a little butter and salt for flavor? The possibilities are endless.
How much is it?
- According to the USDA website, the average price for a pound of fresh green beans is around $3.23 per pound. That will usually yield, after trimming and cooking, just over 3 cups of beans, which puts the average price per cup at $1.
- Canned green beans, without any flavor additives, cost between $0.65 and $1 per pound. A can will yield about 2 cups of beans, which would put the price per cup at around $0.42.
- Frozen green beans cost about $1 to $2 per pound.
- According to NutritionBudgeteer.com, the average cost of fresh green beans is around $2.99 per pound.
What is going to be included?
- Also known as a string bean or a snap bean, green beans are known for their freshness, sweetness, crispness, and flavor.
- As noted above, green beans are either canned, fresh, or frozen. They are known to be stir-fried, boiled, steamed, or cooked in casseroles.
- Beans are found in two groups: bush beans and pole beans. Bush beans are shorter plants that grow to about two feet high. Pole beans will climb and produce a twisting-like vine.
- There are over 130 varieties of green beans. While the most common color is green, other colors include purple, red, and streaked.
- Organic green beans and fresh green beans can be purchased in the fruits and vegetable section at a grocery store. You will fill a bag with as many beans as you want, and they will be weighed to determine the cost. Fresh green beans can also be found at your local farmers’ market.
- Canned green beans can come in different sizes and will either be stored in water, oil, or a combination of the two.
- Frozen green beans will be found in the freezer section. Some of them come in a bag that is able to be thrown in the microwave and will be steamed right in the bag, which is very convenient for last minute dinners. Frozen green beans can be placed in a pan on the stove top and warmed up.
Tips to know:
- Keep in mind what kind of dish you are cooking. A slow cooking dish would generally require fresh beans, while something that cooks faster (such as stir fry) could use canned or frozen beans.
- When picking fresh beans, keep an eye on the beans you pick. Do not just grab a handful of beans from the bin and shove them in a plastic bag. Be on the lookout for withered, dried, or rotten looking ones.
How can I save money?
- Watch for sales. Especially around the holidays, many grocery stores will start having sales on all three varieties of beans listed above, simply because of the popularity of dishes like green bean casserole.
- Buy local. Check with your local farms and farm stands to find out if there are any local farmers growing or selling green beans. You can sometimes find them cheaper than what the local grocery store is selling it for.
- Buy in season. Green beans are going to be more expensive outside of their growing season.
- If you are going to buy frozen or canned, consider the store brand rather than the name brands. They will be the same quality.
- Grow your own green beans rather than purchasing them. You can get a package of green bean seeds for as little as $1. If you care for the plants the way that you should, you could get a pint of green beans every 3 days or so. This will be an incredibly cheap way to stay stocked with green beans. Consider planting other types of beans as well to give you and your family a variety.
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