Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What do you do about enzymes in beans which could affect me?

Lectins, Tannins, Trypsins, PHA and other enzymes can affect your body's ability to properly digest beans and, in the case of PHA, can make you sick. We want you to enjoy our products but your safety is more important. That's why you should never eat raw or under-cooked beans - always follow instructions on prep and storage. In the case of bean flour, our process contains a cleaning cycle as well as a heating cycle to greatly reduce or eliminate these concerns - this is not a replacement for cooking - always follow recipes. Unlike some sellers, we do the additional processing for your safety which takes more time but we think you are worth it.

Are the bean flours and oat products mixed?

You might think this is a silly question but we do get asked. The answer is no. Bean flours are flour made from 100% pure beans of the type of flour made - no mixing. Oat products (flour and Scottish Oatmeal) are made from 100% pure oats. If the question came up it seems to be because our business name is Bean Man (which is where we started).

What shipping methods do you offer?

USPS Only at this time - we are working with other shippers to provide our customers with competitive shipping rates.

Why are beans in 2 pound bags and flour/oatmeal in 1 pound bags?

Believe it or not, we've found that people like getting their beans so they don't use them up at one time - 2 pound bags tend to go a little further. Flours are typically not every day items and a 1 pound bag will last a little longer plus we don't want you to be concerned about storage even though we provide good instructions on how to store them. We are packaging our Oatmeal in 1 pound bags right now but if we get enough feedback, we may add a 2 pound version in the future. Currently, if you visit us at a farmers market and would like to have a 2 or 2.5 pound bag of Oatmeal or Groats, just email us with the request and the market no later than Thursday afternoon so we can have it for you on Saturday.

What is your processing time from receipt of order to shipping?

Beans typically take 1-2 business days. Flour and Oatmeal can take up to 3 business days because we don't keep large amounts of processed flour and oatmeal on hand - we want you to have the freshest products possible and what you receive could have been processed after your order so its FRESH!

What is your Gluten Free testing method?

Our testing method has a sensitivity of 10 ppm versus the FDA requirement of 20 ppm. We test in batches of 50 pounds or less which is one of the most stringent batch size tests in the industry.

My doctor said I can't have beans due to the high carbohydrates.

We would never oppose what your doctor says especially if you have been diagnosed as a Diabetic. However, you can enjoy beans in limited quantities counting the carbs (we know from personal experience). The great news is bean flour is a great way to get the nutrients without jeopardizing your carb count for the meal. For example, Black Bean Dip is 5 net carbs per one cup serving - so are Pinto Refried Beans and Red Bean Enchilada Filling. There are others as well to give you great options so don't just rule out anything associated with beans - you're missing out!

Can I grow beans with your beans?

That is a great question and the answer is YES. We don't use any additives, preservatives or anything else. They are not certified seed and we don't know the condition of the soil where you are, but they will grow just as they do for us - there just may be a lower germination rate.

How does bean flour affect the taste of foods made with it?

Believe or not, only dishes such as the Dip, Refried Bean and Enchilada Filling recipes give the flavor of the bean used. Breads, brownies, pancakes and anything else tastes just like you'd expect - that's one of the benefits of bean flour is that it works as a "stand alone" flour or a "complimentary" flour!

What is your Email and Personal Information Policy?

We strongly believe in your right to privacy and treat that right the same as with our own personal information.

We do not store or have access to payment methods such as credit cards - that information resides with the card processor and that's the way we want it.

Your email address is part of a list that we use to send tracking information for shipping and infrequent reminders such as when our beans are planted and when
they will be ready - we do not share this information with anyone. If you decide you do not want to be on our email list, just let us know and we will remove it.

Your name and address are not shared and the record is part of our order history so they are not visible to anyone outside our company - which is two of us.