Randall Beans are known for their distinctive glass jars. While once common, today Randall Beans is one of the only brands of cooked beans to use glass jars. Why does a simple jar matter so much? Turns out, it can make a big difference.

It might sound crazy, but glass jars can be good for your health. Most  metal cans used for packaging food contain a chemical called Bisphenol-A, better known as BPA. It’s used to prevent corrosion on the inside of cans. Unfortunately, BPA can cause a range of health problems including developmental and neurological delays in fetuses and infants, thyroid issues in adults and even an increase in certain types of cancer. By using glass jars, we’re able to offer a product that’s 100 percent BPA-free. After all, we feed Randall Beans to our kids, too, and strongly believe in giving you a product that’s not just delicious, but is safe as well.

Metal cans can also impart a certain tinny flavor to foods, especially those with subtle flavor like great northern white beans, while glass jars truly let the taste of the food shine through. It’s also a fantastic choice for the environment, since glass is one of the most recyclable products on the planet. Unlike other materials, glass doesn’t degrade or break down in the recycling process–it’s simply melted and reformed into its new shape, with no waste.

Finally, using glass jars is a tradition at Randall Beans. Maybe it reminds you of that jar of beans you used to see in your grandmother’s pantry, or maybe your family uses them to store buttons or to dye Easter eggs. We’re always surprised at the innovative ways people find to reuse our jars.

Using glass in this day and age is unusual, but we wouldn’t have it any other way at Randall Beans.