Long Term Storage Beans and Legumes

Long term storage beans and legumes are great foods to have in storage for an emergency where you won’t have reliable access to food. Beans and legumes taste great and are very filling and nutritious. They are usually pretty easy to cook and go well with many different types of food or you can even eat them alone. Many companies sell beans and legumes in packaging designed for long term storage.


You can buy a wide variety of types of long term storage beans and legumes and you have plenty of choices. Thereadystore.com and beprepared.com offer options such as:

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter powder is essentially powdered peanuts. In fact, many people use it as a healthier alternative to peanut butter since it has none of the added fat and sugar that you find in store bought peanut butter. You can also use it in powder form as a flavoring. You can add your own sugar and vegetable oil to make it into the spread we all know and love.

Beans & Lentils

  • Pinto beans are a great source of fiber, protein and iron. They do require at least two hours to cook, so be prepared to take a little time with these.
  • Black beans are also a great source of protein, fiber and iron. They can require as long as 12 hours of preparation if you plan to soak them but if you add them to boiling water, only take one hour to cook.
  • Refried beans are an excellent source of fiber and protein. They are easy and quick to cook, requiring only five minutes of preparation. These beans are dehydrated and come in flake form. You just need to add the flakes to water.
  • Navy beans are a good source of iron, fiber, and protein. They are also a very good source of calcium, which is very important and often difficult to get in an emergency situation.
  • Lentils are most commonly used to add bulk to soups and are rich in protein, iron and fiber. These lentils do not require soaking and need about 30 minutes of cooking time.
  • Kidney beans, soybeans, and green peas, as with many other types of beans are a good source of fiber, protein, and iron. They take 12 hours to soak but only one hour to boil.


The best place to buy long term storage beans and legumes is online at websites like thereadystore.com and beprepared.com. Beans and legumes typically stay good for a long period of time, but you can buy them dehydrated, which helps them last even longer.

Popular brands sold through these websites include Provident Pantry and Mountain House. You can even get combinations of all the different types of beans for one flat rate, which may be more convenient than ordering them all separately.

Shelf Life

The shelf life of most dehydrated food is approximately 30 years when stored in ideal conditions. For example, the food should remain in sealed containers for as long as possible and you should keep it in a cool but not cold, dark and dry place.

You should avoid putting your long term storage beans and legumes in your attic or garage and should ideally designate a closet or pantry in your house for your dehydrated foods.

Long term storage beans and legumes taste great and are a great addition to any emergency stockpile. You can use beans and legumes to add bulk and calories to recipes and put them in when you want your soups and casseroles to last longer.

They often tend to have a mild flavor and may even take on the flavor of whatever you cook with them. They are nutritious and most are high in protein and fiber, which is vital if you want to remain healthy and have energy in an emergency situation.

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