Randall has always been known for our great northern beans in glass jars. Randall Beans 48 oz. jars, more specifically, have always been a standout of grocery store shelves and our customers’ pantries. 

There is so much to love about our 48 oz. jars, namely the amount of beans you get for your buck! But sometimes we hear from our customers that our 48 oz. jars can be a whole lot of a good thing.

While we have many recipes that call for the entire 48 oz. of beans, many recipes you’ll find only call for 15.4 oz. or 24 oz., about a third or a half of the large size, leaving you with more beans than you know what to do with.

Due to production stains during the coronavirus pandemic, you may have noticed that we have mostly been stocking your grocery store shelves with 48 oz. jars and fewer 15.4 oz. and 24 oz. jars. Because of this, you may find yourself in this situation as well.  

The real magic of Randall Beans 48 oz. jars is that you don’t have to think of a single large jar as one meal. One 48 oz. jar of Randall Beans in your pantry equals at least three meals! Because of our jars’ built-in re-sealability and their ability to stay good for up to a week in your refrigerator once opened, just one 48 oz. jar can be divided up to support a whole week’s worth of meals and leftovers.

But, if that is too much to take on for one week why not try this approach: massive meal prep. Once cooked or prepared, many recipes using Randall Beans are perfect for storing in your freezer to wait for a day or week where you just can’t find the time to cook. 

Your thoughtful meal prep of creating three different meals at once using one 48 oz. jar gives you something to eat right now, something to eat later, and something to eat even later. Just be mindful of the ingredients you use in make-ahead freezer recipes because some foods simply don’t freeze very well.

But, to help you take some of the guesswork out of prepping some freezer meals with your 48 oz. jar of Randall Beans, we picked three very different recipes that are easy to make all at once using just one 48 oz. jar of Randall Beans great northern beans. You can enjoy one now and put the other two in the freezer to eat at your convenience.

Lemony Chicken Great Northern Bean Farro Soup

Soup is one of the best make-ahead freezer meals in the world. Not only is making it a breeze –  simply add everything to the pot and let the heat do it’s magic – but it also freezes and thaws very well. This soup recipe is full of bright and wonderful flavors and is perfect as a winter warmer. With a full 48 oz. jar on hand, this dish only requires about a third of it, leaving you with plenty of beans leftover. If you have recently cooked a chicken dinner for your family and are trying to figure out what to do with the carcass and leftovers, this recipe will put it all to good use. Otherwise, you can easily make this dish using a rotisserie chicken. 

In fact, if you use a rotisserie chicken for this soup recipe, you can also get an easy head start on recipe number two!

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Lasagna

This fun Tex-Mex twist on lasagna is one of our favorite family dinner recipes. What is also wonderful about it is the fact that you can prepare all the ingredients and construct it all up until it is ready to go in the oven and instead just wrap it up and pop it in the freezer! By not pre cooking it, you can preserve the ingredients even better and take it straight from the freezer to the oven so when you do finally get around it eating it it tastes just as fresh as it would the day you made it. This casserole recipe is perfect for an impromptu Taco Tuesday and only uses about 15.4 oz. of your 48 oz. jar of beans.

White Bean Buffalo Dip

Not everything you prepare for the freezer needs to be a full blown meal. Randall Beans are perfect for making dips and spreads that make great snacks for during the day while you work from home. One of our favorites is this white bean buffalo dip. All it takes is a couple of cups of white beans (it should be about whatever you have leftover in your 48 oz. jar after your prepare the first two recipes) purred with some veggies and your favorite hot sauce. Put it straight in the freezer and take it out to thaw whenever you get a mid-afternoon craving at your desk.

Randall Beans 48 oz. jars aren’t just a meal maker, it is a triple meal maker! So while our largest jars may be the easiest to get ahold of right now, be sure you take advantage and don’t let any beans go to waste by making each jar spread your meal prep as far as possible.

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