Bean-otopia!

Today was bean harvesting day! It really should have been a couple of days ago but better late than never. All told we picked 5 pounds, 7 ounces but after processing (cutting off tips and discarding bad or old beans) we ended up with over 4 pounds. These we blanched (for 3 minutes), chilled, vacuum-packed and put in the freezer for eating another day.

Over 5-1/2 pounds of string beans

According to The New Complete Book of Food by Carol Ann Rinzler green beans are high in fiber, vitamins A and C, as well as iron and potassium (p. 165). Here’s a site with some interesting bean info: http://www.everynutrient.com/healthbenefitsofgreenbeans.html

Bean recipes

Personally I like to just blanch the beans until just barely tender and toss with the juice of an orange or a bit of fresh lime juice, parsley, and sea salt. They’re still a bit crispy and have a nice flavor. We found some lovely recipes on epicurious.com:

Green Bean and Roasted Tomato Salad: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Green-Bean-and-Roasted-Tomato-Salad-14065

Green Beans with Coriander and Garlic:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/reviews/Green-Beans-with-Coriander-and-Garlic-232278

Here are some additional recipe and info links:

http://candcdish.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/roasted-green-beans/

http://homegrownveggies.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/planting-and-growing-green-beans/

http://phatfoodie.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/fresh-green-beans-almondine/

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About redhillfarm

We're a graphic designer and designer/builder of custom homes. We are the consumate DIYers and are on a quest to become as self-sufficient as is reasonably possible. On a pesticide-free 1/2 acre we grow our own food, raise chickens and turkeys and keep bees. I won't say it's been easy but it is entertaining!
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One Response to Bean-otopia!

  1. Catherine M-T says:

    so helpful to have these freezing and cooking green bean tips! they are often a bit too prolific, concentrated at one time in the year…. so alternatives are necessary! 😉

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