This is a picture of my turkey deep fryer kettle. Guess what is in it? Mixed dry beans that have been soaking. Did you know if you soak your beans for 12-24hrs it makes them more digestable?
The family helped me sort through 5 different dry beans. We put baby lima, red kidney, pinto, black turtle, tiny white beans and black eyed peas in this mix.
I took them out of the kettle and rinsed them in the colander a little at a time.
Then I put them in the jars with a half teaspoon salt in each jar.
Loaded up both canners. Boy I love those canners! I can do 21 qts. at one time with these two. I ended up with 28 qts as I had enough to do one more small canner load.
There we have 28 qts. of dried beans all cooked and ready for some instant meals! The last 7 qts. that I canned I added some chili powder, cumin, and onion powder in addition to the salt in those. Makes them kind of a chili bean flavor. I can open a couple of jars, add some browned ground beef to it and some homemade tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and garlic and there is supper! Add a pan of corn bread and I have instant dinner. Well that is what we call "fast food" around our place anyway. : )
Next thing to do is making jams and jellies from all those berries and fruit I put in the freezer last summer.