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10 Must-have Pantry Staples

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Dry Beans

dry beans
Dry beans are a great source of protein and can be served on their own, or used in casseroles or to accompany other dishes like tacos. FotografiaBasica/Getty Images

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Beans are a staple food item all over the world because they're cheap, easy to prepare, nutritious and filling. You can always keep some cans of beans in your pantry, but if you want to save some money, buy dry beans. They take a little longer to prepare, but they have zero additives and preservatives and taste better than canned. The trick with dry beans is to let them soak before you cook them; overnight is best. If you've never prepared dry beans, black, pinto and red beans are good staples, though you can usually find bean mixes, as well. You can speed up the cooking process, too, if you cook them in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

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