I’ve looked at Rancho Gordo beans, but have not ordered because the shipping cost puts them just a bit beyond what I want to spend on beans. What’s your approach to keep orders financially reasonable?
Well, commenter Chris, I have two answers…
Buy Big (beans) or go home
At the time I write this, Rancho Gordo offers free shipping on orders over $50. Beans keep for a while, so I place fewer, larger orders of beans to get the free shipping.1
The picture at the top of the post is from a recent order, stocking up on the beans I use the most:
- Midnight Black
- Domingo Rojo (small red)
- Garbanzos (Chickpeas)
- French green lentils
- Black caviar lentils
Rancho Gordo beans are a splurge, and I’m willing to pay more for good ingredients
It may seem silly, spending this much on beans. I mean, they’re just beans, right? They cost a buck a bag at the grocery store.
Rancho Gordo beans are expensive. I heard about how great they were for years, but I could never bring myself to pull the trigger and spend the extra money for them. And then…my wife brought some home from a trip to San Francisco.2 Once I tasted a pot of Rancho Gordo beans I was a convert.
Now, don’t get me wrong - home cooked beans, even from the grocery store, are a lot better than canned. I still buy dried beans from my local stores, too, when I need them in a hurry. That said, I buy the vast majority of my beans from Rancho Gordo. I’m fortunate enough to have room in my budget for splurges, and buying high quality ingredients is one of the ways I treat myself.
If $50 in beans sounds ludicrous, I understand. If $50 in beans is beyond your budget, I’m sorry. These beans may not be for you. That said…if you have the means, try them, and you may be surprised at what you’re willing to pay for beans. I was!
Rancho Gordo link: Rancho Gordo New World Specialty Food: Heirloom Beans, chiles & corn
UPDATE 2020-04-09: This is *not* a sponsored post, as much as it may sound like one. I really do love these beans. I am not reimbursed in any way, and I pay for all my beans. Now, if Rancho Gordo wanted to sponsor me, or had an affiliate program, I'd jump on it in a heartbeat...and tell you as part of the post. (It's not weird to dream about a bean sponsor, right? But, I have a feeling there isn't a lot of money in heirloom beans.) Until then, this is #NotSponsored in any way.
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