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How to Harvest & Store Green Beans

By Traci Joy ; Updated September 21, 2017

Things You Will Need

  • Paper towel
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Large bowl of ice water
  • Strainer
  • Pressure cooker
  • Sterilized canning jars with lids (1 qt jar per 1/2 pd of beans)


  • Picking green beans when there is still dew on the plants can cause a bacterial blight on the vines.


  • Never wash green beans before storing them fresh, as the excess moisture can cause them to rot.

About the Author


A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."