Buy Dried Beans for Your Food Storage • March Prep Challenge #3

Do you want to buy long-term dried beans for your food storage? This week answer that question for our third preparedness challenge in March. And yes, you have a choice! Some of you cook with beans every week, but some of you have kids or husbands who don’t like beans. And dried beans are a suggested item for long-term food storage. The point is that it is a suggestion. Dried beans provide protein and other nutrients. So, this week, decide. Whatever choice you make is the right one for your family.

Want Dried Beans in Your Food Storage? • March Prep Challenge

1. Decide If You Will Store Long-Term Dried Beans

To help you decide, answer these questions:

  1. Does my family like beans? If so, which types of beans?
  2. Do I have space for large cans of dried beans?
  3. Can I cook or am I willing to learn to cook dried beans?
  4. If I don’t store dried beans for emergencies, what will I store?
  5. Do I want dried beans in my food storage?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recommends an adult store 12 #10 cans or 60 pounds of dried beans for a year’s supply of food storage which costs $72.00. This could include other legumes such as dried peas or lentils.

For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans. These items can last 30 years or more when properly packaged and stored in a cool, dry place. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints

Still struggling to know what to do? Here’s some facts to help you decide.


  • #10 can of Latter-day Saint dried beans has a 30-year shelf life
  • 15.5 oz. can of prepared beans has 3-5 year best quality shelf life


  • 1-pound Latter-day Saint dried black beans = 3 x 15.5 oz. cans of prepared beans, drained
  • 1 x 5.5 lb. can Latter-day Saint dried black beans = 16.5 x15.5 oz. cans of prepared beans


Let’s compare just the protein in several foods. Of course these foods have additional nutritional value.

  • 550g = 1 x 5.5 lb. can Latter-day Saint dried black beans
  • 24.5g = 15.5 oz. can kidney, white, pinto, black or refried beans
  • 24g = 5 oz. tuna fish can drained
  • 45.5g = 12.5 oz. Costco Kirkland chicken breast can drained
  • 168g = 28 oz. peanut butter


Here’s an example of a 3-month supply of shelf-stable food storage using a combination long-term and short-term foods.

  • 1 x 5.5 lb. can Latter-day Saint dried black beans ($6.00)
  • 9 x 15.5 oz. cans kidney, white, pinto, black or refried beans ($7.11)
  • 8 x 5 oz. cans tuna fish ($8.00)
  • 4 x 12.5 oz. cans chicken ($6.66)
  • 3 x 28 oz. peanut butter ($7.17)

Total protein: 1648.5g for one adult ($34.94)

2. Buy Long-Term Dried Beans

  • Make a list of what beans or other protein foods you want to purchase over time.
  • Now, move forward with your plan and buy long-term beans or other items you need for your food storage. You may purchase long-term black, white. or pinto beans at Latter-day Saint Home Storage Centers or online. Store what your family will eat.

I hope these facts help you decide if you want to buy dried beans for your food storage.

Best wishes and stay healthy,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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