Survival Kitchen–Get the Heirloom Bean Grower’s Guide That Offers You More

When I was a kid I didn’t like beans and ham very much, and I hated lima beans. Somewhere along the way something changed, and I love them both. It’s a good thing, too, because beans are a great survival food. And I’ll be glad to survive on them.

I like green beans, baked beans, soup beans, or beans in a casserole. How about you?

Beans are fascinating. Whether it’s the White Tepary, Black Valentine, Yellow Eye, or the speckled Jacob’s Cattle beans, you have to admit that beans offer variety.

Someone who has made a career from beans is Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo. He’s a passionate promoter of heirloom beans and believes there are hundreds of them still waiting to be discovered.

Every bean tells a story. Or more accurately, every variety of beans tells a story, and Sando has included many of them in his latest book, which is this week’s DestinySurvival Pick. It’s The Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Grower’s Guide: Steve Sando’s 50 Favorite Varieties. Reviewers give it high marks.

Sando knows what he’s talking about because he grows numerous varieties of heirloom beans each year. And he often travels to Mexico to make new bean discoveries. He grows beans which are sought after by chefs. In his book he welcomes gardeners and cooks at home to try his favorites. Find out about the best beans to grow, cook and save.

Who says beans have to be boring? Not only do you get growing tips and mouth watering recipes in Sando’s book, but there are photographs and stories about bean heritage.

Sando does what he can to elevate neglected bean varieties to a higher, deserved place in our kitchens. Why not expand your bean horizon? There’s no need to be stuck with just pinto or kidney beans.

To get your copy of The Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Grower’s Guide: Steve Sando’s 50 Favorite Varieties, click on its title where you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured. Check out the info about the book and what reviewers have to say. Then add it to your cart to start the order process.

Even if you’re not a gardener, reviewers say you’ll appreciate what this book has to offer. This is one bean guidebook you won’t want to overlook..

What do you think? Do you grow beans in your survival garden or have them in your survival pantry? What’s your favorite bean recipe? Leave a comment below and tell others about it.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

4 thoughts on “Survival Kitchen–Get the Heirloom Bean Grower’s Guide That Offers You More”

  1. Just ordered the Sando bean book. I receive Steve’s e-mails, always fascinating. It is not really a recipe but I like beans cooked with chunks of Spam. Beans are a great survival food that can be grown to maintain or even increase your food supply. Wonder if beans could be a barter item as “bean money”?

    1. I like the notion of beans for barter. Besides, it gives a whole new spin on the career of bean countgers.

  2. Received The Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Grower’s Guide. The pictures are closeup and beautiful, the best I have seen on this subject. The book covers the author’s 50 favorite varieties, has recipes, and a great list of other books plus bean seed sources. He also has advice and pictures on growing including using trellises and rebar for support.
    He has cooking advice from using clay pots to pressure cookers.

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