I never gave much credence to beans. I have them in my food storage, but only recently (when Mom came for Riley's birth) did I learn how to cook with them. Our preparedness coordinator at church said she saved $60 a month (I think that was the correct amount) by cooking her own beans from dried beans, not from a can. Wow! We could use that.
So, thanks to Mom, I learned to cook beans. I must say, they are not only for hard times. You can do a lot with beans, and then we also get to eat homemade cornbread and honey butter as well!
With Daniel's birth, I learned to grind wheat and make homemade bread.
With Riley's birth, I learned to cook beans.
At this rate, by the time we have our kids, we'll be ready for any emergency. :)