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How to Harvest & Store Dry Beans

Views: 16286 | Last Update: 2009-02-04
To harvest and store dry beans, pick the pods off the vine as soon as they start to dry out or open, let the dry out naturally in full, hot sun, and store them in paper bags or jars for years and years. Harvest and store dry beans with advice from a... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment I am going to talk about how to harvest and store beans. There are so many different types of beans that you can use and most beans are in the legume family and so they're very healthy and they're very easy to grow and very easy to use. Now my rule of thumb when I am harvesting my beans is that they make pods and as soon as the pods start to dry out a bit or open a bit you can feel inside and you feel that the bean is developed. You don't want it to be really small and you don't want it to be so big that it is going to just turn to mush. You want to pick them right in the middle point where they still feel like they're substantial but you're not going to ruin them. So they're not mushy and they're not too hard either they're right in between and so as soon as you harvest the bean pods you just dry them out in the hot full sun and make them dry out real well. You can eat them fresh too. There are lots of beans that taste wonderful on salads fresh so you can just put them right into the refrigerator as they are and eat them fresh or you can dry them out in the full hot sun right on paper bags or put them into right on the ground or cement or anywhere where they can dry real well. Then after they have dried you'll notice that they'll be pretty hard and they won't break or they won't turn to mush or it is really hard to break them open. At that point you know that they're ready and you can either put them in paper bags or you can put them right into glass jars it really doesn't matter as long as they are dry they will last for years and years and years and dried beans can be used in many different ways and they're really easy to grow and really easy to harvest and store.