These are some of the healthiest foods in the bulk aisle (they're number four on Dr. Perricone's list of the top 10 superfoods
), and dried beans tend to be less salty than canned beans and hold up better when you cook them. If you place them in airtight jars and leave them in your pantry, they'll keep for a year. (Don't freeze or refrigerate uncooked dried beans, though, because they can absorb moisture and lose flavor.) Dried beans need to soak overnight in water before you can cook them.