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The different ways to preserve Beans

The different ways to preserve Beans
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Beans are one of the most purchased and consumable foods in the nation.

Cowpeas, also known as oloyin in Yoruba, are a favourite food among Nigerians, who eat them as a side dish, in soups and stews, and in a variety of other dishes. This is excellent news for Nigerians’ dietary wellbeing.  They are a great source of protein, fiber, and minerals like copper, potassium, and magnesium that are good for human health, and are rich in nutrition. Moreover, beans are rich in antioxidants, which protect your body from free radicals that might cause cancer. As your purchasing cans or bags of the nutritional resource, remember that there  may be hidden risks. One such risk is beetles, commonly referred to as Weevils, which are so tiny that you might not be able to see them. The brownish and black markings on the elytra or wing covers can be used to identify adults, which have bodies that range in length from 2mm to 5.4mm.

Due to the fact that mature Weevils house a bacterial colony in their stomachs, eating the bugs may induce stomach problems. When germs enter the human digestive system, they disrupt the normal equilibrium of bacteria. These bacterial imbalances have been connected to a variety of human health issues, including immunological and metabolic illnesses. The Weevils can ruin your dinner even if you don’t ingest them since they make beans deteriorate. Sadly, Nigeria has used hazardous chemicals to address this issue. Phostoxin, a pesticide with the trade names Aluminium Phosphide and Ammonium Carbonate, is extremely poisonous to people.

Freezing is a very good and efficient method of preservation.

Dried beans were once exported to Europe from Nigeria, until it was banned in 2013 by the European Union. Since then, attempts by the Nigerian government and farmers to have the ban lifted have been ineffective, and it is still in place. This is because large amounts of pesticide residue were found in packs of dry beans. The extremely deadly toxin is not eliminated by rinsing or boiling the beans,  Nigerians must utilize safe methods to protect their crops from pests without using poisonous materials.

An agricultural entomologist who has studied the effects of pests on various crops suggested that some techniques can preserve food for up to a year, saving you time and money, without the increased health risks.  Maintaining the freshness of perishable food products through freezing is a well-known preservation technique, it is an excellent method for protecting produce from pests. Simply place these items in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer.  The freezing process will destroy any insects and eggs, and will keep it fresh.

Beans can be preserved and kept for later use using oil.

Drying the beans to a moisture content of less than 12% in a heat accumulator dryer is another method of preservation. Solar drying is also used and will be beneficial for people without access to equipment. The beans should be sun-dried for up to four hours at a time in thin layers. Infestations can be successfully managed with the help of solar warmers or transparent seed bags left in the sun. When small batches of seed are stored, using the sun drying strategy can manage infestations without impacting seed germination, as seeds also receive significant protection from sun drying.

Oil can be used to preserve beans and store them for later use, by adding them to  hot oil. I should also mention that an organoleptic test has not yet been done to determine if the flavour changes when they are kept in oil. The evaluation of a food product’s flavour, aroma, appearance, and texture are known as organoleptic testing. Although there hasn’t been a rigorous taste test in a lab, people do use this technique to preserve beans.

Even after preservation they need to be checked thoroughly.

Regardless of the manner of storage, it’s still crucial to check your beans before cooking. To do this, one can sniff them or search for anything that doesn’t belong, or is out of place. The smell of the chemicals used to preserve them can occasionally be detected as well. Any chemicals will float to the surface of the water as an oil film, such beans should be thrown away because they are tainted and cleaning them won’t help.


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2 months ago

The different ways to preserve BeansBeans are one of the most purchased and consumable foods in the nation. – Express your point of view.

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2 months ago

Beans can be preserved using different means. The one that struck me the most is the freezing method. It is easy to freeze foodstuffs that are edible

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2 months ago

It’s good to know there are couple of ways beans can be preserved. Storing in oil, storing in freezer. Most people just store in containers, but it’s susceptible to weevil attack

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2 months ago

In order for Nigerians to preserve their crops from insects and other vermin without resorting to the use of dangerous substances, safe techniques of crop protection must be utilised.

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2 months ago

People need to realise that eating mature weevils, which have a microbial enclave in their stomachs, might cause gastrointestinal issues. This is something that should be brought to people’s attention.

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2 months ago

The different ways to preserve Beans. Very nice to know different way we can store beans. Beans is very important to we Nigerians. We love consuming beans

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2 months ago

Beans is one of the consumable stable food in the country and this is so because it contains lot of protein and the major source of protein in the country is by eating bean or convert it to so many form which are good also.

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9
2 months ago

Farmers just need to simply go through this article and learn and follow these steps of preserving their beans so they can do a good job and also render good services.

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9
2 months ago

Beans is one of the major food we consume in this country so they must be protected at all costs lol, seriously our farmers need to work harder and provide quality food for us.

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9
2 months ago

We can preserve our beans in different way I hope people use this ways in storing their beans is true is one of food consuming in this country because it can be turn in to different food to eat

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9
2 months ago

Beans is very important in providing body with protein and must be taking serious . Using the preserving measures we can enjoy it more on a long days.

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8
2 months ago

Storage of beans as different way to be preserve beans is one of food selling most and eating most it can be turn in to another food that can be consume

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8
2 months ago

Beans are naturally rich I wonder if it will actually maintain the level of richness after been preserved for months or much longer.

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8
2 months ago

Yes with numerous ways of preserving beans we can have our beans stored without loosing anything in it and go for it anytime we need it. That is the power of preservation.

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2 months ago

The chemical used to preserve beans Irene seems somehow to me. Atimes I find the smell disgusting for me to eat even before I cook it.

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9
2 months ago

If we have these better and effective ways of preserving beans, it will be okay to adopt these methods of preservation which is not hazardous to our health.

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2 months ago

Beans is one of the major food consumed in Nigeria. These terrible ways of using toxic chemicals to preserve beans is not right. We the listed methods of preserving beans which is not dangerous to our health, I will enjoined all farmers to adopt them for our health and safety.

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2 months ago

It is very important farmers know about multiple of ways to protect crops. The freezing preservation technique is very good anyway. Let’s practice more of it.

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8
2 months ago

Because of their high protein content, beans deserve special attention. We can prolong our enjoyment of it by taking the necessary preservation steps.

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2 months ago

Beans have a high concentration of I’m curious if, after being stored for months or more, it will still retain the same amount of richness.

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2 months ago

It’s important for people to understand that consuming mature weevils, which have a microbial enclave in their stomachs, could result in digestive problems. It is important to make sure that people are aware of this.