Guernsey Bean Jar

Written on 08/29/2018
Mike Le Conte

No two Bean Jar recipes are alike; there are even variations between the islands of the Bailiwick!

Due to the wide variation in recipes the recipe below is what could be the best Bean Jar within the islands! In 1999 the Guernsey Press ran a competition in conjunction with the local Salon Culinaire. The winner was Ruth Vaudin's recipe which is illustrated below!



500g butter beans

500g haricot beans

1lb onion

1.5 lb brisket

Marrow bone

2 tsp mixed herbs

Salt & pepper


Soak the beans overnight. Put everything into a stone bean jar and cover with boiling water. Place in a hot oven. Bring to the boil, lower to Gas 2 mark /150C and cook overnight.

Next morning chop up the meat and take out the marrowbone. Add water if needed. Put back in oven at gas mark 6/200C for one hour. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.