One of my favorite foods to dehydrate use for long term storage is beans. Pinto beans are my favorite. They are easy to grow. Because they tolerate a wide range of climates, growing beans will produce a rewarding crop in most regions of the North America. You can find bean seeds at pretty much any store, and they really aren’t expensive. You simply poke a hole in your soil about an inch and a half deep, put the bean in the hole, and cover it with dirt. You’re going to want to plant your plants 4 to 6 inches apart. A little sun, water, and patience, and you will have a beautiful little bean plant sprout up in about a week. You should be able to harvest your pinto beans within 90-150 days. You can harvest them earlier and eat them green and raw. They are tasty either way. I prefer to eat them as pinto beans, slow cooked all day in a crock pot with some onion, potatoes, and a ham bone, served over a big warm piece of cornbread. That’s my southern side coming out in me.

Pinto beans are good for long term storage. For preppers, pinto beans are ideal. They contain, per serving:

  • Calories: 245.
  • Protein: 15.4 grams.
  • Fiber: 15.4 grams.
  • Folate (vitamin B9): 74% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 39% of the RDI.
  • Copper: 29% of the RDI.
  • Thiamine (vitamin B1): 22% of the RDI.

(RDI is the Recommended daily intake.)Dehydrated pinto beans are a preppers best friend. They can be rehydrated and cooked with just a little bit of water. They are so versatile, and can be used with many different recipes. They can also be replanted in a pinch to produce more food for you!! Beans really ARE the magical fruit!

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