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Sometimes old dried beans get so old and hard that it's nearly impossible to get them cooked enough to eat. Not a good thing to have happen if you are depending on those during a food shortage or a fuel shortage. They can use a lot of fuel/energy getting them soft enough to eat in normal times. I've always heard baking soda helps to soften them up but I wasn't sure how it's done. This guy, Mr. Tom, shows how he does it. Very Old Dry Beans. Can they be made to be Edible Again? - YouTube
I don't know if this has been covered or not. I have plenty of dehydrated potato slices and I'm going to keep doing mine this way the next time I do them again. I would imagine the blanching and rinsing helps remove some of the starch too. He gives step by step instructions and nice visual comparisons. Putting them through a food processor slicer, if you have one, would speed up the process a little and help if you have hand or wrist issues. I hate to peel potatoes. They really hurt my hands. I've had my share of gray potatoes because I skipped the blanching process. My potatoes turned out gray from the freezer from not blanching them too. Dehydrating Potatoes. The Way I do it for Beautiful Dried Potatoes for Long Term Storage. - YouTube