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    Eugene Hollingsworth
    BPL Member

    @geneh_bpl

    Locale: Mid-Minnesota

    I just started using backcountry foodie recipes and the Santa Fe dehydrated powdered instant refried beans are not available. Tried to find Cookquik Instant Refried Beans to no avail.

    Nor do I have any idea what instant beans to buy.  Can you provide your fav pre-prepared refried beans where I don’t have to buy a 5 lb tin or such.

    Thanks!!!

    #3725412
    DWR D
    BPL Member

    @dwr-2

    Mexicali Rose

    Also… that old saying: “Goggle it” and I think you will find other options also.

    #3725414
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Mexacali Rose is good.

    Do you have a Natural Grocer / Vitamin Cottage where you live? They have a FD refried black bean that I liked.

    #3725428
    Eugene Hollingsworth
    BPL Member

    @geneh_bpl

    Locale: Mid-Minnesota

    Cool thanks. Happy to get any names and I’ll search them out. Good to know Mexacali Rose is good – that’s what I was looking for. I’ll look up FD refried black bean to see if can get that online (no Natural Grocer in MN)

    #3725429
    Jon Fong
    BPL Member

    @jonfong

    Locale: FLAT CAT GEAR

    I have found that drying canned beans and then tossing them in a blend is a good substitute for instant beans.  My 2 cents

    #3725432
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    I cook dried beans.  With onion, spices.  Smash them while they’re cooking to make them the consistency of refried beans.  Try not to use more water than needed.

    When they’re done, put in glass bowl and microwave for about 2 hours at power level 2.  Stir occasionally.  Then put in oven at 170 F over night.  (Or you could use dehydrator.  When I put wet beans in oven at 170 F, the lowest setting, evaporated water gets into places in the oven that make it not work).

    Food processor to powder it.

    #3725433
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    packitgourmet.com has dried, whole black beans and lentils.  You could food process and it would have the consistency of refried.

    #3725436
    Greg Pehrson
    BPL Member

    @gregpehrson

    Locale: playa del caballo blanco

    When I can, I prefer to make my own beans and dehydrate them, I have to admit, though, I’m much more likely to run to the store right before a trip and pick up something like Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Black Bean and Lime Soup, and just rehydrate it with less water to make a bean spread instead of soup. They’re usually found in the “healthy” or organic section of a supermarket (I know I’ve bought them in Whole Foods and Shaws), or you can buy them online. They come in a cardboard cup like a Cup-a-Soup so I empty the contents into a ziplock and add a bit of adobo (mostly garlic powder, salt, pepper and oregano), and sometimes a little instant coffee for energy! Easy to pick up one for $2 to try out at home.

    #3725440
    Ken Larson
    BPL Member

    @kenlarson

    Locale: Western Michigan
    #3725461
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    Seems to be quite a few options on Amazon.

     

    #3725468
    Bruce Tolley
    BPL Member

    @btolley

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Mary Janes Farms has various dried cooked bean offerings as meals and in bulk. The meals can be purchased at REI.

    https://shop.maryjanesfarm.org/store/c/33-Beans.aspx

    #3725596
    Eugene Hollingsworth
    BPL Member

    @geneh_bpl

    Locale: Mid-Minnesota

    Some of your comments made me stop and think, “what, exactly, are refried beans.” duh. Cooked mashed beans. My takeaway is OTS premade refried beans may have different flavors.  I can get instant beans by any cooked, dehydrated, and ground up, or maybe even just ground up raw dry beans and flavor them on the trail. I”ll have to up my flavoring game, and that’s kind of a challenge for me.

    My question must have looked a little…naïve.

    #3725603
    Dan Y
    BPL Member

    @zelph2

    #3725624
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    If you go DIY, not only are you in complete control of spices, you can also ditch the excessive sodium in the commercial products.

    #3725667
    Tom M
    BPL Member

    @twofeathers

    Locale: Kalispell

    I use these guys. https://www.thrivelife.com/instant-refried-beans.html however it looks like they are out of stock.

    #3725670
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    ^ 5 mg sodium per serving…that’s what I’m talking about.

    #3725674
    Tom M
    BPL Member

    @twofeathers

    Locale: Kalispell

    JCH,

    I home make most of my backcountry meals using Thrive products because of there lack of crap mixed in like sodium.

    #3725716
    Eugene Hollingsworth
    BPL Member

    @geneh_bpl

    Locale: Mid-Minnesota

    Yeah – low sodium, low sugars, low fat, and … junk that I cannot pronounce.  Off-topic slightly I reversed the slow expansion of my waistline by (mostly) eliminating processed foods / excessive fat content / excessive sodium.  Now I can’t eat a processed cheese brat w/o … consequences.

    I want to be able to eat less expensively and control where the calories are coming from when I’m canoe trippin’ and hiking.

    #3725722
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    Eugene – I too tired of processed/packaged/sodium-laden “backpacking food”.  Bought a dehydrator and went to work.  Never looked back.  Now I eat real food and I am in control.  Yeah, it takes some of your time to cook/dehydrate/package, and a small investment (a good dehydrator can be had for $50-$90), but meals in the woods never tasted better, or more diverse.  Thai green curry? Yep.

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