BEANS AND PEAS by Spyros Goudas
Mr. 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 then shipping them.
First, the area has to be identified. Each bean or pea has a location where it grows best.
That is why we source Lima beans and Pigeon Peas from Peru, our Jumbo Chick Peas from Mexico, Lentils from Winnipeg, Black Eye Peas from California or from Peru, Red Lentils from Turkey or Canada, Dals from India, Mung Beans from Australia, etc.
Once we identify the product and the growing area, we then 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.
He 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 when packaged in plastic bags or in cans.
His Quality Control personnel check the skin in detail to make sure that it is intact.
Under no circumstances does Mr. Goudas accept any product that is cracked, split or broken.
Colour: All beans have a characteristic colour that allows people to identify them properly.
He looks for the proper colour, which identifies a healthy bean, and does not accept any blemishes on the skin colouration.
Finish: The bean must be finished with a proper polish to remove dust and particles.
Normally, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, which 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 both the warehouse and store levels.
He also makes 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, where 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.
Mr. Goudas goes to these lengths because, this company strives to make sure that only the best available product is offered to the customers at all times.
His company has a reputation in the industry as one of the best bean packers and canners in the world, and now you know why. Mr. Goudas brand 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 bean 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.
He knows that he does the best in his processing facilities, however, he does not wish to pretend that he is perfect.
If another company can guarantee you product free from extraneous material, he would be more than interested to find out how.