Yes, beans and rice are going to be what a lot of use will end up eating once you eat all the favorite food that you like. Especially the children, they will want what is familiar to them. But you need to start incorporating some of the things you have in storage now. Even us as adults have likes and dislikes on foods. Okra has been on my list but I tried them dried and wow very tasty. The following articles will be on recipes for Mexican food. You have to admit Native Americans and Mexicans were cooking on camp fires a long time before stoves .You didn’t see them starving because they didn’t have the proper equipment. An open fire and the pots for cooking was all they needed.
How many of you have actually canned beans? Have many of you actually cooked beans? (We had a middle-aged woman ask us how to cook beans the other day). Our children were born in the can and fast food generation. Ask them to cook refried beans and rice and they look at you like “what”. Even some parents don’t know.
2 cups red kidney or pinto beans
Salt to taste
½ cup or more of lard or comparable amount of bacon fat
Soak beans overnight with enough water to cover them. In the morning, some of the water will have been absorbed so add enough to cover. Add the salt and cook for 11/2 to 2 hours or until very tender. Mash the beans well and add the melted fat Simmer until all the fat is absorbed by the beans, stirring frequently to prevent sticking or burning.
Variations for refried beans
Tomato and Onion; Sauté a small minced onion in some hot oil, lard or bacon grease, what ever you have and mix 8 tablespoons of tomato paste and 8 tablespoons of hot chili powder. When onion is very soft, add to the beans and cook until heated through.
Take the mashed beans straight from the basic pot. And fry them in some oil as you would refried beans. As they are sautéing slowly in the pan, add mild grated cheese such as Cheddar or any cheese you like. If you are trying different cheeses do a small amount first to see if you like it. I mix Spanish rice and beans together, add a few raw onions and cheese for a quick snack. Remember this meal can be made on a campfire, quick and filling.