Some of you are probably laughing at me already but we love dried beans!
I know what you’re thinking. What about gas? I’ve heard and read many remedies but I do believe that the more you eat beans, the less digestive issues you have with them. Some other recommendations to alleviate gas issues are:
- Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water before cooking
- Add a tablespoon of ginger to the water but I think that would give the beans a ginger taste
- There are commercial “anti-gas” products that can be added to the beans
If you don’t like dry beans, come spend a few days at our house. We eat them all the time and they’re so good. Black beans, red beans, cranberry beans, split peas, garbanza beans, pinto beans, navy beans and my least favorite is black eyed peas.
One bag of dried beans cooked is about equal to 4 cans of bought canned beans. I try to buy beans when they’re on sale and I get them for less than $1/pound.
This is a great chart for how long it takes to cook things in the pressure cooker. I use mine almost every day!
If dried beans (and rice) are stored in sealed mylar bags, along with an oxygen absorber, I’ve read that they are good for 8 – 10 years.
When I put beans up, I first put them in a FoodSaver back that I can seal and I insert an oxygen absorber, and I vacuum seal that bag.
Then I put that bag into a mylar bag and seal it. The mylar bags will not vacuum with my FoodSaver.
I try to seal the mylar bags right at the very edge. That way I can cut away the sealed edge and re-uses the bag. I label the bag as to the contents and the weight. Since beans sealed this way are supposed to last up to 10 years, I won’t even use these for at least 5 years, unless for some reason I need them. In 2015 I’ll start using the beans that were sealed this year and then I’ll replace those. Otherwise, I use beans that I buy in bags and store in a 5 gallon bucket with a gamma seal lid.
Another thing I like about the dried beans is that if you only need to cook for a few, you can portion out what you need and cook only that amount. In an emergency, there may not be a fridge and we don’t want to be wasting our food supply by opening a can and eating only half of it and not being able to save the rest of it.
I know . . we cannot live on beans alone but at our house, we almost can. Beans are inexpensive, are easy to store, easy to cook, provide lots of protein and fiber.
Don’t go buy a bunch of beans if you don’t like beans but if you haven’t given them an honest chance, try some and see if you may like them more than you thought and they might be a good starting spot for building a food stash.