5 Reasons Beans Should be Part of Your Food Storage

Legumes
Dried beans can be an intimidating food storage item for many people. In our experience people typically either do not like them, do not know how to cook them properly, or do not know what types of foods to make using them. We want to share with you FIVE reasons why beans should be a staple in YOUR food storage (if they aren’t already) and hopefully give you some tips along the way that will help you overcome some of those common challenges. photo credit cookbookman 1. BEANS ARE HEALTHY Beans, peas, and lentils are the richest source of vegetable protein and are a good source of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. If you don’t have any stored meats or nuts you will definitely need to include beans in…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 9: Legumes and Meats

Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Legumes, Long Term Food Storage
We are excited to be starting week 9 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn't catch last week's post which included an index of recipe for using grains you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! In BabyStep 6: Legumes we discuss storing and using legumes. We also briefly touch on meats…
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Let’s Talk About Legumes

Legumes
In BabyStep 6 we cover legumes and recommend that you store 60 pounds per person. Most people think that legumes are just a fancy word for dried beans, but there are quite a few other types of legumes that you may want to consider storing for variety and for different health benefits. Let's go over a review of dried beans and then go into some detail about some of the other legumes. Dried Beans Overview Dried beans are a great source of protein, especially when combined with a whole grain. They have a long 30 year shelf life and can be used for many things. You can grind them into bean flour to use as a thickener or base for cream of chicken soup. You can mash them up and…
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16 Bean Soup

Legumes
Have you ever had 16 bean soup? Most often 16 bean soup has ham in it. Well let me tell you, my husband and I HATE ham. It's so bad, on Easter we make our decision about which side of the family to visit based on who ISN'T having ham. Not sure how we ended up together, because I think we're the only 2 people in the world I know who don't like ham? I guess we ARE soul mates. Anyways, a couple of years ago I decided I wanted to use the 45 bag of 16 bean soup mix I bought but was pretty distraught when I realized a lot of the recipes I found had ham in it. Not to mention, in a situation where you would have…
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Book Review: Country Beans

Book Review: Country Beans

Bean Recipes, Book Reviews, Legumes
Please note: This is part of a series of reviews we are doing on food storage, emergency prep, and self-reliance type books. For more reviews click here.  Country Beans New ideas for "User Friendly Beans" in a hurry by Rita Bingham Background: Learning how to use and cook dry beans was a major journey of mine last year. I was always skeptical you could do anything with dry beans before embarking on my "learn how to use beans" journey. If you've followed us for awhile, you probably were there when I made the "Magical Fruit" discovery on how to use dry beans to make cream of chicken replacements, and when I finally learned how to actually COOK dry beans. Most of my bean discoveries and learnings have come from the…
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How To Cook Dry Beans

Bean Recipes, Legumes, Pressure Cookers / Canners
Today we're finishing up showing you more about pressure cookers. Jodi did a great job explaining the difference between pressure canners and cookers last week and so many of our readers on our Facebook Page have asked us what we use our cookers for and here's just one example. This post deserves a little bit of background information... These are actual quotes by me Julie that I said to Jodi, either on the phone or on msn - yes we're old school and that's how we chat when we work late at night. "Jodi, there is no way I will ever use beans in my Food Storage, so I'll just store a lot of Tuna for protein" "Jodi, I decided I actually like black beans now, so I'll just store…
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Blasts from the Past: The Healthy Food Storage Discovery

Events, Grains, Healthy Food Storage, Julie's Progress, Legumes
As we have been discussing some of the things Jodi and I have learned over the last 2 years of blogging about food storage, my favorite thing has been somewhat of an unexpected thing. I know I've been harping on this a lot lately, but it really excites me that food storage can be healthy. I really had no idea how many hidden treasures of knowledge I would gain on this journey. When we first started, I told Jodi there was no way I would even store beans because they were to hard to soak, cook, and use. I said I would stick to tuna for protein and call it good. Who knew I would be the biggest fan of all things beans just 2 years later. I love using…
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Ezekiel Bread – Julie’s Long Overdue Promise

Barley Recipes, Bean Recipes, Grains, Legumes, Lentil Recipes, Recipes, Wheat Recipes
So awhile back one of our Facebook Fans asked if someone would try this bread for her because she didn't have a wheat grinder. I promised I would - And I'm not going to admit how long it took me to get around to it... (although you could find the thread on our facebook discussions and I would be busted!) So I really had no idea why so many people fussed about this bread, I was just excited to try something new... I looked it up and found this: Ezekiel bread in it's earliest form can be found in the Holy Bible in the book of Ezekiel chapter 4, verse 9 which says: "Also take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, and put them into one vessel and make…
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Day 7: Food Storage Christmas (legumes)

Christmas Gifts, Legumes, Sprouting
Next up on our list is Legumes! Legumes can be very intimidating to a lot of people so this is a great one to help people realize they aren't so bad. Here are some ideas to help people use, and understand legumes a little better: Options that are Free or Under $1 12 Bean Soup Purchase a 1 lb bag of 12 bean soup mix from the grocery store. Tie a ribbon around it and include the Day 7 Tags. If you want to be really ambitious you can include this 12 Bean Soup Recipe on a cute recipe card too. It's delicious! An Option that is $5-$30 Sprouting Kit Ever tried sprouting? Well if you know someone who wants to get into the really good stuff, give them this…
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Let’s Talk About Split Peas

Beyond the Babysteps, Legumes
In BabyStep 6: Legumes we give you a list of possible legumes to store with a recommended amount of each one. One of the things we decided early on in our food storage adventures was that we would only store foods that we knew how to cook with and that our family would eat. While we both quickly learned to enjoy many types of dry beans, split peas were one variety of legume which we were a little unsure of ... until Julie discovered an amazing split pea soup recipe. She will be sharing this recipe soon so make sure to check back! In the meantime, here is a little more information about split peas if you are interested in learning more about them. What are split peas? Split peas…
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