Originally I was planing on eating these beans when they were young and green, but somehow along the way I got side tracked. And so now, we are going to harvest them as dried beans this year.
How do you harvest dried beans? Well, it’s pretty easy actually.
- Dried beans are ready to harvest when they rattle in the pod and their skins are papery thin.
- Open pods, and remove the beans, and add the dried pods to your compost pile.
- Freeze beans overnight before storing them to kill any tiny bugs.
- Store beans in an airtight container, in a cool dark place, away from sunlight.
Beans can be used for planting next years crop, or you can do what I’m going to do, eat them this winter in soup. Yee- Haw! This pilgrim has her beans, and she’s gonna eat them too!
Have YOU ever saved dried beans before? What did you do with them? Do you have any favorite dried bean recipes you want to share? I do love soup you know.
If you are looking for more information on the topic of seed saving…
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