I'm hoping this thread will become a good magnet for dried bean info. It strikes me that dried beans should be something we heavily invest in for deep food stores. They can be kept fresh for decades, and easily reconstituted with soaking or boiling. Nutritionally they are the perfect companion to another must-have staple, rice. And they come in so many different varieties (flavors!) that you don't have to feel like you're eating the same thing day in and day out. I've been making a point of trying to expand my normal food intake to include more bean-based dishes from around the world to get an idea of what I like (and the wife & kids) so I know what kind of beans to add to the food stores. Some of the beans we're storing are normal staples for many... red kidney beans, lima beans, peas, black beans. Add chick peas to the list now. Why chick peas? There is a great little middle eastern restaurant right across the street from our supermarket. The first time I went in there, I don't think I recognized anything on the menu except "gyro". So I went sometime when they weren't busy, asked them to be patient with me, and asked a few questions about different dishes. I also took a take-out menu with me so I could hit Wikipedia and learn more about these dishes. Sesame seeds (ground into tahini) and chick peas (ground into hummus or falafel) are very common elements of many of the dishes. And you know what? They're darned good, too! When the meat runs out, rice and beans are going to fill that hole in your stomach that misses meat. A falafel patty fried in some oil, wrapped in a flatbread with tahini and some fresh garden veggies is actually a very tasty sandwhich. And it's all made from stuff that we can easily store and process. Flat bread dipped in hummus is one of the simplest meals of all to prepare from scratch. And it's darn tasty! Chickpeas, some garlic, and a bit of oil ran through the food processor. That's it! So chick peas will be added to the food stores next time I buy bulk beans. Probably in greater proportion than some of the other kinds of beans we keep!