Sunday, June 3, 2012

Dehydrated Canned Black Beans

Watch for those sales on canned goods.

When you find a really, REALLY good deal, buy as many as you can afford and stash them in a cabinet, under the bed, wherever.

  • Make sure they are plain veggies, beans, whatever
  • Read the labels to make sure they do not have high fructose corn syrup or other Nutrational Nasties
    • Avoid anything on the lable that you can’t pronounce or you aren’t sure what it is
  • Most foods only need a little salt or possibly ascorbic acid (vitamin C stuff that maintains color)
  • Avoid highly seasoned products
  • Avoid anything that is seasoned with fats, gravies, sauces, etc.
Whenever you are ready to turn on your dehydrator, if your machine is not full, top it off with a few canned items. 

Here are some canned black beans I dehydrated.  They will tend to split a bit, but that has no affect on the taste.  They will be hard and maybe a bit crumbly. 

Why do you dehydrate canned foods?
  • It takes less space
  • They will keep longer
  • They weight substantially less, so it’s easier to transport them in an emergency situation

What do you do with dehydrated canned foods?
  • Use them in Thermos Bottle Cooking
  • Add them so soups and stews
  • Use them in casseroles
  • If it is beans, combine them with cooked dehydrated rice for a more digestible meal
  • When you rehydrate them, add the following dehydrated ingredients to jazz up the meal
    • Onions
    • Bell peppers
    • Herbs and spices
    • Rice
    • Pasta
    • Ground meat


  1. My son needs to carry dehydated food for week long climbing trips. We tried pork and beans, he liked them very much with the dehydtated hamburger. A site we found called it bark!

    1. If he needs dehydrated for for his climbing trips, take a look at the thermos bottle soups! I was really pleased with the results. Even my hubby liked it! (Now THAT'S progress)

      Have you seen the book, LipSmackin' Backpackin' yet? I have a review on it. It is specifically for backpackers who want to make their own camping foods. Some great ideas in there.

    2. He was very pleased with his "groceries" and the envy of his companions. After reading from Backpacking I made a fleece cozy for his camping pot. Some recipes call for a 5 min presoak and most others will be taken from the heat into the cozy for 10 min. This woorked well and didn't add any wieght. A snack he shared with his friends was dehydrated flavored yogurt (only this time we will strain the whey first), and again the envy of. I will defineity look for the book, since it took a lot of searching just to find cooking info (plenty of drying info). Thank you!

    3. I'm thinking I need to look over that site. thanks for the link!

  2. What temperature and how long does one leave the beans in the dehydrator?

    1. HI Claire, thanks for writing.You will want to dehydrate just about everything except meat at 115 to 120 degrees. Drying at a slower temperature will help prevent case hardening.

      You might want to look over this post on testing for dryness.

      Good luck and keep me posted!