I must confess, I store lots of beans because I love beans, just about any kind of bean suits me. The price of food continues to rise every day and I think beans may go up in price because most people cannot afford meat for a protein. I actually stopped eating meat about a year ago because I read what animals are fed before the meat reaches our tables. I wish meat tasted more like it did when I was younger without all the hormones and antibiotics added. The added pressure from Monsanto to force farmers to use GMO corn in the feed or get arrested really goes against my grain, no pun intended. I love to hear that people are raising their own beef, goats, chickens, or rabbits. I applaud them for trying to feed their animals without GMO (genetically modified organisms) feed. I’ve said before I couldn’t kill an animal and then eat it. Yes, if I was starving I would, maybe. I have tasted grass-fed beef and it tastes a lot like the old days with real flavor. Oh, and fresh chicken without the hormones, is so much better. But, here again, I have made the decision to no longer eat meat, that’s how I roll these days.
I can still remember the deer Mark so proudly brought home after hunting the poor thing and hanging it up in the garage. Wow, then we dragged that baby into our kitchen. I have never looked at a deer quite the same out in the fields ever since that day. We cleaned it, cut it, and wrapped up all those red chunks of meat. I never could cook it so I could eat it. Yes, everyone told me to let it age for a few days, marinate it, or cook it with this or that spice and it would taste just like regular beef. Nope, none of it worked for me. BUT, I know a lot of awesome hunters who love hunting and eating the wild game, any kind is great for them!
Lots of Beans
You can buy beans in little bags sitting on the grocery store shelves, you can grow beans in your garden if you live in the right ‘zone”. You can even buy 50 or 100-pound bags of beans, just about any kind of bean you prefer to eat. You can buy #10 cans of beans and #10 cans of instant beans. The instant beans you just add water and cook for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the brand you buy. Nowadays I usually buy cases of vegetarian refried beans. I also buy kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, navy beans (white beans), and chili beans. All you need is a can opener if we have a disaster and we lose power to open the cans. The ones that are ready to eat I can eat right out of the can if need be, no heat required.
Sometimes I think people think beans are only for chili, or soups. They are great for that, but they can be used in so many dishes, or on salads, can’t you just picture the salad bar with the kidney beans right now? Remember, if you don’t use up all the beans before they expire you can donate them to your local food bank, trust me they will love them!
1. Pinto beans are great for refried beans.
2. Kidney beans are great with veggies from the garden or to make chili.
3. Red chili beans I use to make chili.
4. White Northern beans are great with a little chicken broth, celery, and onions to make a pot of soup. Add ham if desired.
5. Blackeye peas are great for a side dish or to make hummus.
6. Anasazi beans great for southwestern dishes or soups.
7. Black beans are yummy in tacos or as a side dish. I wish I had the recipe for black beans from Texas. My sister lives there and they know how to make the best salsa and black beans.
8. Chickpeas (Garbanzo) they are awesome to make hummus or add to a salad.
9. Cannellini beans are great for soup.
10. Lima beans are great for soup or a side dish.
11. Pork and Beans, thanks to Cindy H. for reminding me about these!
I always figure if I start with one cup dry beans I will have three cups cooked beans. You can store beans in buckets with Gamma Lids: Gamma Seal Lid – Red You can also get Gamma lids at some of your local grocery stores, but oh, how the price of these have gone up! They are so worth the price, no more sore fingers opening those 5-gallon buckets!
Here’s my favorite white chicken chili recipe:
Easy White Chili
- 3 cans (15 ounces each) of small white beans (not drained)
- 2 cans (12.5 ounces each) of canned chicken (drained), or use some leftover cooked chicken
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
- 4 ounce can green chilies (diced)
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 16-ounce jar of salsa
- sour cream to garnish
- Tortilla chips crushed for garnish
- Add all the ingredients in order into a slow cooker and cook on low 5-6 hours. Serve with crushed tortilla chips on the soup with a dollop of sour cream.
PRINTABLE recipe: Easy White Chili by Food Storage Moms
I found this great product while teaching classes in a store in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is Organic Ajwain Seeds. After you soak your beans, drain off the water and cover with fresh water and add the required amount of Ajwain seeds. You just add 1/4 teaspoon of Ajwain Seeds to 2 cups of dry beans while cooking. The spice smells so good. It’s like a Mexican seasoning. It’s organic and adds flavor to the beans, as well as the anti-gas factor! I still add my favorite spices like cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, cocoa, etc. Ajika Organic Ajwain Seed, 2.2-Ounce
I believe storing lots of beans will help stretch the dollar and we can share a meal with a neighbor after a disaster or at a bean burrito party! Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.
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