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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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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Beyond the BabySteps: Legumes: Let’s Talk About Beans

Legumes
If you have followed our blog closely, you know that Julie has been afraid of using dry beans in her cooking but has made some great progress this year. In case you missed her Magical Fruit Post, take a quick look to see what we mean (and also learn more about the nutritional benefits of beans). Although this information maybe seem a little "boring" we found it on the USU Extension and thought it would be a good reference to share for any of you who may also be a little "afraid" of beans. Soaking Beans: 1. Quick Soak Method: hot soaking helps dissolve some of the gas-causing substances. Cover beans with twice as much water as beans, bring to a boil, boil 2 minutes, remove from heat and allow…
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BabyStep 6: Legumes (revised)

Legumes
In order to get you ready for the Seven Day Challenge, we are going through revising and cleaning up all our BabySteps. We created the BabySteps to break down the vast amount of information in the "food storage world" when we first got started last summer. From the BabySteps, we developed the BabySteps Checklists as a way to split up the 10 steps over a one year period. We decided it would be good to revise each BabyStep as part of our Summer Crash Course. So jump in and get started ... it's not too late! This week we are covering BabyStep 6: Legumes (click here to view the full step) Updated the key points with additional information on other ways to use legumes Updated the online resources section Added…
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BEANS … The Magical Fruit!

Bean Recipes, Legumes, Lima Beans Recipes
We have recently discovered that beans really ARE the magical fruit. As you know, Julie has been on a mission this year to learn more about beans and to use them more in her cooking. If you have been following us for a while here at Food Storage Made Easy, you know Julie get's the reputation for trying to make everything fat and calorie free (she's one of those "add applesauce instead of butter and it's fine" types). Well Julie found out about a bean book that has totally changed her life and perspective on beans. She was even embarrassed to admit she stayed up all night when she first got it, dreaming about all the ways she discovered you can use beans. The book is Country Beans by Rita…
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Added "BabyStep 6: Legumes" to Main Topics

Legumes
We added a BabyStep! Check out the Step 6: Legumes main topic page to learn all about the exciting world of legumes. The category includes basic information on all different types of legumes. We specifically address some common Do's and Don'ts for Beans- the legume you'll store most of! We're still experimenting with lots of different recipes, so stay tuned!
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