Green beans can be grown in your own garden, local farmers market or roadside stand, Farms or Orchards where you can pick for yourself, or CSA Community Supported Agriculture. I personally recommend finding them local if you can’t grow them in your own backyard.
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! ….. yum. And Oh so good for you. You want to pick while the pods are young and seeds inside are still immature. Look for a diameter of a pencil. If you wait longer they get tough.
Save the Seeds
If you use heirloom beans let some get overgrown and leave them on the vine until late in the season. When they start to dry out at the end of the season pick them off the vine and allow to dry completely. Save the pods until next spring and you have your seeds for next years garden.
How to Preserve Green Beans
Canning Green Beans
Home canning green beans is easy with a pressure canner. You’ll need about 14 pounds of beans for a canner load of 7 quarts.
Freezing green beans picked fresh from the garden is a great way to preserve them. Bush beans or pole beans are all treated the same. This page explains how to freeze green beans of all types, including yellow beans.
For dehydrating 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 fresh…go ahead and snack on a few beans. Yum. And oh, so good for you.
These dilly beans (pickled beans) are a hit with my pickle lovers.Dilly beans are made with sprigs of dill weed. Fresh dill heads or plain dill seed can be substituted. This recipe for dilly beans makes 4 pints. Make it once. If you really love it like we do, double or triple the recipe.