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Old 10-03-2019, 08:25 PM
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I just learned that dried beans are graded from grade 1 to grade 3, with 1 being the highest. The grading seems to be done on cosmetic issues and wholeness. Is there likely to be an nutritional difference between grade 1 and grade 3? I am guessing that if grade 3 were available, they would be much cheaper - the main reason for my post.
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Most vegetables are graded at harvest, and mostly for visual aspect.

Nutritional values are for the most part, out of the grade equation.

A stunted carrot growing alongside normal sized carrots would hold nutritional equivalence, but a lower grade.
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I had no idea. Good information !
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I am guessing that the lower grades are sold to canneries and such - food processing plants, so if this were a go, would likely have to buy in large quantities to make it accessible.
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Who is doing the grading?
USDA?

I've never heard of this.
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Who is doing the grading?
USDA?

I've never heard of this.
I am looking for the source now. Will post it when I find it. There was no mention, but sounded like it was industry standards.
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I buy my beans retail, that may be why I haven't heard about it.
Maybe it's a wholesale thing
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I am guessing that the lower grades are sold to canneries and such - food processing plants, so if this were a go, would likely have to buy in large quantities to make it accessible.
I don't believe sold to canneries. Like frozen veggies, they want a uniform appearance of product.

My estimate would be sold to chopping processors of some sort.

Does it really matter that a head of cabbage looks lopsided if you are shredding it for bags of slaw? Do broken low grade pintos look different from top grade when you are making refried beans? Do you need really pretty heads of broccoli for those Lipton bags of cheesy broccoli rice that have tiny green bits?

But with a can of corn or frozen bag of green beans you want extreme uniformity.

What Left Coast Grower said makes a lot of sense about it being about appearance, not nutritional quality.
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Who is doing the grading?
USDA?

I've never heard of this.
They machine grade them by passing them over screens to separate the varying sizes and broken pieces.

The USDA sets the standards

https://gipsa.usda.gov/fgis/standard...-Standards.pdf
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I buy my beans, rice, noodles in 25 or 50 pound sacks a local restaurant supply place. Great prices and the stock is turned over regularly. They also have good deals on like fresh potatoes onions and meat.

I can buy a 50# bag of real #1 potatoes for the price of 3 three pound sack of cull the grocery store claims are #1. Meat and cheese are better priced too, but they are only in big quantities.

Cash and Carry is the store. They have big cans of stuff, not really any saving but it pays to look.

I buy a gallon jug of Ranch for $12, the grocery store is $6 a quart same brand.
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