WHAT TYPES OF BEANS CAN I STORE IN MY LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE?
There are all types of beans for food storage. My favorites to have on hand are: White, Black, Kidney, and Pinto beans.
WHY SHOULD I STORE BEANS IN MY LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE?
Beans give you a lot of bang for your buck. They are low in cost, cholesterol free, low in fat, and high in fiber, protein, carbohydrate, folate, and many trace minerals. In fact, because they are high in fiber and low in fat, they can actually help lower your cholesterol. And my favorite-now brace yourself-you can actually use these as a fat substitute which will really come in handy.
WHERE SHOULD I STORE MY BEANS?
Store it in a cool, dry area. Unopened it will store for 30+ years. Opened, it will last a couple of years.
HOW MANY BEANS SHOULD I HAVE IN MY LONG-TERM FOOD STORAGE?
For a one year supply, you need about 60 pounds of dried beans or legumes per person per year, or about 5 pounds per month.
WHICH TYPES OF BEANS AND HOW MUCH OF EACH SHOULD I HAVE IN MY LONG-TERM FOOD STORAGE?
It depends on your preferences, and what you would use. But I store more white beans (they work the best in baked goods), followed by black beans (we like Mexican food), and then equal amounts of pinto and kidney beans.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE BEANS FOR MY FOOD STORAGE?
If you want to save a little money, you can visit your local LDS Cannery and can it yourself. Or, you can purchase a case of PINTO beans online already canned through LDS Distribution Services Online. Unfortunately, you can’t purchase white or black beans online through LDS Distribution Services Online-but it IS available at LDS Canneries.
If you just want to click a few buttons and have your wheat ordered and shipping to your house, you can check these online sources.
- Shelf Reliance (click for current pricing)
- Honeyville Grains (click for current pricing)
- Augason Farms (click for current pricing)
- Emergency Essentials (click for current pricing)
HOW DO I USE WHOLE WHEAT IN MY BAKING/COOKING?
There are so many ways to use beans-soups, chilis, etc. But did you know you can use it to replace butter and oil in your favorite baked goods? If you need to replace oil, mash the beans with enough liquid to make a puree and use it in your recipe 1:1 (meaning if your recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, you’d use 1 cup of your bean puree). If you’d like to replace your butter, then use whole, cooked, drained beans in your recipe 1:1 (meaning if your recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, you’d use 1 cup of whole, cooked, drained beans). You simply insert it in the same place as your recipe calls for.