Beans have long been a popular staple for preppers because they high high in protein as well as rich in fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals that can be crucial in a survivalist situation.
But with so many different types of beans, which beans are the best for long term storage?
Some bean types can be stored for up to five years if stored in a dry, cool and dark place, and they can last well beyond five years if you vacuum seal the beans first. You can also freeze beans as well, if you have room in your freezer to store them.
Here are the best beans for long term storage:
- Kidney beans: Kidney beans are known for their durability and can last up to five years or more if stored in a cool, dry, and dark place.
- Black beans: Black beans can also last up to five years or more if stored properly.
- Pinto beans: Pinto beans are another type of bean that can remain viable for up to five years or more if stored in the right conditions.
- Navy beans: Navy beans are known for their long shelf life and can remain viable for up to four years if stored in a cool, dry, and dark place.
For beans that do not last nearly as long as the above, lima beans, adzuki beans and mung beans can only be stored for 2-3 years. With lima beans in particular, many do not realize they have a much shorter lifespan than other beans.