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NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY – July 13, 2023

The United States commemorates National Bean’ N’ Frank Day every year on July 13. The purpose of this particular meal day is to celebrate the uniqueness of one of America’s first invented comfort foods. It’s a basic dish identical to pork and beans, except that frankfurters are used instead of pork. It’s been used as comfort food for years and is normally served in a casual atmosphere. National Bean’ N’ Frank Day is the perfect day, ideal to make a Beanie Weenie dish for lunch or dinner.

History of NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY

Baked beans debuted in the United States, harkening back to the civil rights movement. However, the exact origins of the idea of combining sausages and baked beans remain uncertain. This food combo was available in cans in the 1980s. Baked beans date back to the Civil War and were among the earliest canned ‘convenience meals’ to appear in the U.S. Van Camp holds the trademark for Beanee Weenee and produces a canned version. Other brands, such as Franks & Beans, are sold under different names.

In the canned-foods sector, Gilbert Van Camp is regarded as a trendsetter. He began experimenting with canning in 1862, and by 1863 he was successfully preserving fruits and vegetables for the winter. Soon after, he landed a lucrative contract to supply Union troops during the Civil War, when his pork and beans became a popular dish. As a result, the Van Camp Packing Company was formed in 1882, and his son Frank Van Camp is credited with inventing the now-famous pork and beans in tomato sauce dish in 1894.

By 1898, the Van Camp Packing Company produced six million cans per year. Indiana had become the nation’s biggest producer of canned baked beans by 1909, thanks to the Van Camp family’s enterprise. The franks are chopped into bite-sized pieces before being put into the beans. While Beans and Frank’s are considered a single phrase, Van Camp’s owns the Beanie Weenies trademark. The origins of this holiday are a mystery.

NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY timeline

13th Century
Frankfurter Distribution

Frankfurter Würstchen distributes sausages to the people on the occasion of imperial coronations.

1528
Arrival of Baked Beans in Europe

Baked beans are brought to Europe.

1894
The Invention of Pork and Beans

Frank Van Camp is credited with inventing the now-famous pork and beans in a tomato sauce dish.

1980s
Canned Beans and Franks

The beans and franks combo is available in cans.

NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY FAQs

How long do you boil hot dogs?

To get the best out of your hot dogs, you should boil them for four to six minutes, uncovered.

Why are hot dogs called ‘weenies’?

The term ‘weenies’ was most likely inspired by the Germans’ short, long, and thin dogs.

Are baked beans good for you?

Yes, they really are. Protein, fiber, and other nutrients are very common in baked beans.

NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY Activities

  1. Have a picnic with your friends

    You may host a cookout or a picnic. Get your frankfurters, baked beans, and fruit, and enjoy a picnic in the park with some friends and some excellent music on this day.

  2. Make up your own dish

    You can make your own recipe for beans and franks. Don't forget to share it with the rest of us if it turns out as fantastic as you planned.

  3. Pay a visit to a local diner

    Many diners, especially today, have a diverse menu for solely franks and beans. If you can't prepare your own, you can always go to a diner and order some.

5 Interesting Facts About Beans

  1. 465 beans in 14,6oz can

    A regular 14,6oz can of Heinz beans contains around 465 beans.

  2. World record of most baked beans eaten

    Don Lerman of New York holds the world record for eating six pounds of baked beans in one minute and 48 seconds.

  3. 359 calories in a 9,1oz serving

    A 9,1oz dish of beans with franks has 359 calories.

  4. Right and wrong way

    There are correct and incorrect ways to consume a hot dog.

  5. World's most expensive hot dog

    The world's most expensive hot dog was sold for $169 in Seattle, Washington, in 2014.

Why We Love NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY

  1. It's a crowd favorite

    Beans and franks is a crowd-pleaser since it combines two of everyone's favorite foods: baked beans and hot dogs. It's the ultimate comfort food in America.

  2. It's both healthy and delicious

    We need to dispel the misperception that nutritious eating isn't tasty. This day serves as a reminder that you can eat nutritious meals without sacrificing flavor.

  3. It draws us closer together

    We all speak the same language when it comes to wonderful meals. Beans, regardless of locale, are a cultural meal. This day is a terrific opportunity to explore new recipes from different parts of the world.

NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY dates

YearDateDay
2023July 13Thursday
2024July 13Saturday
2025July 13Sunday
2026July 13Monday
2027July 13Tuesday

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