“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Of My Experiments~ Dried Beans

This year I am trying real hard to find ways to preserve food with as little use of plastic as I can. So instead of blanching and freezing beans in freezer bags I am trying out drying my beans. After drying them I store them in glass jars.

How I did it...

I picked the beans when they were still immature ( meaning it hasn't started to form bean seeds) and then blanched them for 2 minutes in boiling water. Dried in the dehydrator for 8-14 ( or until dried) hours at 120*F.

*How to use them...

You can throw them into soups or stews or re dehydrate them and use them in other recipes.

*Here is one recipe...

Dried Green Bean Dish

2 cups boiling water
3/4 ths cup dried green beans
2 Tablespoons dried onions, minced
4 slices of turkey bacon, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt

Pour boiling water over green beans and onions in saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat for 45 minutes until plump and tender.

Meanwhile saute' turkey bacon in a small skillet until brown. Add bacon to green beans. Mix lightly and serve.

serves 4 to 6


  1. I'm taking notes Mary. But I'm also waiting for you to tell me they work wonderfully in your recipes this fall! Of course I have no doubt that they will... still... :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  2. How interesting...thanks for sharing...I will bookmark this for next year

  3. Yes, you will have to share how they work and how you like them when you try them in a recipe. Our green beans are just now about ready to pick for the 1st time this summer -- late, late, late. But, better late than never. :) Blessings to you! ~Lisa

  4. Wow, you are really doing a great job preserving your bounty!

  5. Mary...check ebay on vinyl letters...mine came from Hobby Lobby...they are getting cheaper and cheaper. It is a fun way to change things out. I have painted some of my old frames...most of them were too big for the wall and take up too much space...I wanted to see the pictures more than the frames...have fun!!! Thanks for stopping by

  6. Thanks, Mary, for linking this! I love the way you "break new ground" for the rest of us...your life is such an adventure in homesteading, and I so appreciate the work you put into it and then sharing it with us :-D

    Love you!

  7. Glad you are finding the alternatives you are looking for. :)


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