Saturday, 9 February 2013

Dried beans

Beans are one of Mia's favourite foods from the garden. They are easy to grow, don't require much care and are easy to store once dried. She practically lives on beans the whole winter so each year we expand our bean growing operation to accommodate our growing appetite for them. 

This year when we harvested our  fresh beans we left some on the vine to dry. Later in the fall when the seed pods turned brown and the beans rattled inside they were ready to hull and store. 

We hulled most of our beans in the fall but didn't get to the Scarlet Runner beans until now. They had been sitting in the mud room then on our kitchen counter for a few months.  I finally finished them today standing in our new kitchen with sunlight streaming in through the windows.  I find hulling them relaxing.  I love the sound of the pod cracking open and the beans dropping into the bowl. 

We have a variety of dried beans this year. The Italian Borlottis beans are delicious in soups and grown only as dried beans.  The Scarlet Runner, green and yellow beans are often eaten fresh when young but can also be harvested as dried beans.

Our bean harvest

We will definitely experiment with growing some new bean varieties like white Lima beans and Pinto beans this year. Our ultimate goal is to grow enough beans as to last us throughout the winter and spring.


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