Thursday, February 11, 2010

Recommended New Website -Storing Rice and Beans

Food Storage For a Year - Rice and Beans by "Pioneer Prepper" on the blog Small Holding is the best article I have ever read on storing rice and beans.  Jeff has factored out the calories needed and the amounts needed in such a simple way that it just plain makes sense to have a stockpile of rice and beans.

I have been putting away and storing food for over 25 years now.  I heard the calling and began to learn the ins and outs of food storage.  I had to be self taught since I lived in a world that did  not store food.  My family thought I had gone bonkers (many of them are sure of that now).  I made many mistakes over the years and learned difficult lessons.  Now when I find great information on the hows and whys I feel it is important to share with everyone.  I sincerely recommend you all go and read this article and consider putting away some simple things like rice and beans.  Having them could save your life one day.

I shared with Jeff that I can dried beans to save money.  Home canned beans do not have mysterious additives and are more healthy than store bought canned beans. When I am using the pressure canner and reach the end of whatever I am canning, it seems there are always a few spots open in the canner.  A friend of mine taught me to always can with a full canner.  She said to take a jar, fill it half way with dried beans, fill it with water (up to the shoulder) and put them in the pressure canner.  Of course you need to check the time and altitude recommendations.  Usually I am canning meat and the times are the same.  I end up with beautiful canned beans ready to use.

I have not had any complaints about excessive gas which is reduced by soaking beans before canning.  Mister T usually does not complain since those who live in glass houses should not throw stones!

So go and read this article and sign up to follow Simple Holding.  I think it is going to become a popular blog and you will be able to say you were one of the first to read it!


foodstr2 said...

Dried beans need no special treatment for long-term storage, unlike wheat or flour.

If you're in a high-humidity area, you might want to include a desiccant or two in your storage container to avoid unwanted bacterial growth.


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