I harvested the first of my yellow wax beans and green beans yesterday. Who knew there were so many of them silently hiding in and among their heavy, lush bushes?
I like to mix the yellow and green beans together because I think it makes a more interesting and colorful veggie on the plate.
Two of five trays in freezer.
(Oh, dear. When am I going to defrost this freezer?)
I blanch the prepped beans for 3 minutes, cool in cold, cold well water, drain in a colander, wrap them burrito style in a big bath towel to remove as much moisture as possible, then spread them on cookie sheets to freeze (more or less) individually, then package them in gallon freezer bags. They stay "unclumped" that way and I can easily take any amount I want out of the bags.
The most time consuming task involved with the beans isn't the planting or picking, but rather sitting and snipping off the ends and cutting each bean into bite-sized pieces. By no means hard work (and I get a lot of time listening to audio books) for the dividends received.