Dehydrating Green Beans

with Sharon Peterson

Go here for an easy reference chart on dehydrating vegetables.

Just as in canning green beans, you want to start with fresh tender pods. Picking first thing in the morning will give you nice crispy produce. If you are picking in your own garden..... go ahead and snack on a few beans..... yum. And Oh so good for you.

Wash beans in cold water and snap the ends off. Blanch green beans for 5 minutes. This will help the beans to dehydrate quicker. It releases some of the juices and stops enzyme actions.

To blanch simply plunge green beans in boiling water for 5 minutes. Start counting time as soon as you dunk the beans.

dehydrating vegetables green beans

Then plunge them into cold or even ice water. This cools the beans and stops the cooking process.

dehydrating vegetables green beans

Drain well and cut into 1 inch pieces.

dehydrating vegetables green beans

Place in a single layer on a dehydrator tray. Be sure the beans are spread enough that air flows freely around them.

how to dry green beans

Dry at 125 degrees until dry and crispy. Check every so often (every couple of hours) and stir the beans around. This will encourage them to dry evenly.

how to dry green beans

They are done when they are crispy. Store in an airtight container.

dehydrating green beans

A good dehydrator is the essential piece of equipment. More on what to look for in a dehydrator coming soon.

The most recommended is the Excalibur dehydrator

I personally have a commercial dehydrator from Cabelas.

Be sure to see what else you can do with Green Beans.

canning green beans
drying green beans
how to freeze green beans... its a snap!
how to make pickled green beans, aka - dilly beans
Is it safe to can green beans in a water bath?
Green beans and bacon recipe - super simple

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