Food Storage: Beans and Rice

Food Storage: Beans and Rice

Beans and Rice

Once or twice or even thrice!

Beans and Rice are staples that should be found in every food pantry. By combining Rice and Bean in a meal, you replace the need to have a meat or other protein.  The amalgamation of the amino acids from each forms a complete protein and offers a great food combination in a situation when other foods sources are limited.   If you have rice and beans along with the basic ingredients for making flat bread or tortillas —flour, salt and water — you can make burritos by placing the rice and beans in the center of the flatbread along with a dab of bottled salsa.  You could eat this every day if you had to as some cultures live on rice and beans as a staple.

Beans are classified as legumes. Dry beans and legumes are regarded as an important staple in countries where fresh vegetables are not available during the winter months. Beans can easily be stored in a one-gallon container or a five-gallon bucket with a tight-fitting lid.  They need to be kept dry and cool. There are many different beans available, these include; soybeans, garbanzo, pinto, great northern, kidney, lima, black-eyed peas, black turtle, red beans, small white beans, navy, pink, lentils, split peas and whole dry peas. Storing more of the kidney, pinto and red beans is recommended.  Also, Beans can be sprouted and turned into a vegetable for use in salads. Nutritious when sprouted, Beans are high in B complex vitamins, folic acid, niacin, iron, calcium and magnesium and provide protein and quick energy.

Rice is one of the most compatible and versatile foods in the world. When dried, rice can be stored for many years. This makes it ideal for long-term food storage.  It complements most any meal and is used in cultures throughout the world where it is steamed, baked, braised or fried. It is recommended to store one cup of rice per day, per person. Since dry rice will double when cooked in water, you will need one and a half gallons of dry rice per person for a three-month supply, three gallons per person for a six-month supply and six gallons per person for one year.  Since brown rice still contains the natural oils from the hull, white rice is the best to use for long-term storage. Rice can also be milled to make rice flour as a substitute for wheat flour.

Rice and beans are a perfect survival staple and an excellent choice for food storage. They store well, are cheap and available to everyone. This survival diet lends itself to a modern hunter gatherer survival scenario where it is unlikely you can survive only on what you can hunt and gather because it is almost impossible to find enough food/calories to survive. But with rice and beans as the core of our diet you can find greens, roots, seeds, nuts, fish and the occasional game to supplement it. The rice and beans insure that you will not starve or become too weak to hunt and gather.

And, do not forget the extra water required to cook your favorite Beans and Rice recipes.  You will need a good supply of water if you plan on stocking up on the dry goods and bages of beans and rice.

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