Information on Dry Beans & Peas
Goudas does not just buy beans, beans are actually selected.
This is a very long and arduous process, it is not just packing beans in a bag and shipping them. First, the area has to be identified.
Once we identify the product and the growing area, we look for the best growers.
While there are certain standard processes all growers follow, there are those who go above and beyond, because they take extreme pride in producing the best beans in their area.
These are the growers we go with.
Having selected the location and growers, we then conduct our own inspection of the product.
The bean must have the right size.
We do not select immature or old beans.
We look for those that have exactly the right length and diameter, and all the same consistent size. There should be no broken skin since the appearance of the product is very important, whether you package it or put it in a can.
Peter Spyros Goudas Quality Control personnel check the skin in detail to make sure that it is intact.
Under no circumstances does Peter Spyros Goudas accept any product that is cracked, split or broken.
I would like to say to you that Beans are not a low price subject.
They should be based soley on quality.
Ask any housewife and you will discover that she does not want to find any stones, discolouration, cracks, broken or infested beans which take forever to cook, etc., etc.
Colour: All beans have a characteristic colour that allows people to identify them properly.
We look for the proper colour, which identifies a healthy bean, and we do not accept any blemishes on the skin colouration.
Finish: The bean must be finished with a proper polish to remove dust and particles.
Normally, Peter Spyros Goudas has the beans double polished to enhance their appearance and make sure that their full beauty shows through.
Transportation: Beans can be very tender, and they need to be handled properly.
If they are treated in a rough manner, or transported without being adequately protected, they will arrive in a poor state at their destination.
To keep the bean intact, Goudas requires that the beans be transported in air cushioned trucks, with adequate side protection, to keep the load from shifting and also to reduce friction in transit that creates skin defects.
Pest Control: It is astounding how quickly one little egg can generate thousands of bugs and flies.
This is why we ensure that our beans are properly fumigated with environmentally friendly products, and monitored at the warehouse and store levels.
We also make sure that the product is properly stored and aerated to maintain its quality.
As you can appreciate, handling beans is a very intensive, complex and delicate business, and everything must be properly managed and monitored. Some companies have no concept of the process involving this business.
They think you just put some beans in a can and cook them, without consideration of all these factors, and assume the customer will not know the difference.
Goudas goes to these lengths because this company strives at all times to make sure that only the best available product is offered to the customers.
The company has a reputation in the industry as one of the best bean packers and canners in the world, and now you know why.
Peter Spyros Goudas beans not only look good; they taste good too!
Before we end this subject, we would like to mention the following.
Although we take so many precautions as said above to make the best possible beans, we want the general public to understand that no matter how hard we work to make perfect products, a food preparer should still inspect the beans for extraneous material every single time.
The reason for this is because sometimes the sorting process cannot tell the difference if a stone has the same size and colour as the chickpea, or if a chip of wood looks and has the same characteristics of the common lentil.
The colour-sorting machine cannot identify these differences.
Therefore, precaution always must be taken when preparing your food.
It is advisable that you wash, clean, sort, inspect before using any dry beans or pea products.
Remember, that you only do this for a small portion at a time, plus it is a good health practice as well.
We know we do the best in our processing facilities; however we do not wish to pretend that we are perfect.
Spyros Peter Goudas
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