Dehydrating Green Beans
We've had a good green bean growing season! We've been picking green beans daily. We've been eating them and now it is time to preserve a bit of them for use in the winter.
|Dehydrated Green Beans|
Green beans can be preserved by drying. To prepare them, wash in cool water, trim off the end, and cut into pieces. We try to keep the pieces uniform in size so they will dry at the same rate.
|Green Bean with end cut off and cut into Pieces for Drying|
|Green Beans Ready to be Blanched|
Blanching is an important step in preparing green beans for drying. We water blanch green beans. We do this by filling a large pot about two thirds full of water, cover with a lid, and bring to a rolling boil. We place the green beans in a metal basket and submerge them in the water. We cover with a lid and blanch them for 2 minutes.
|Water Blanching Green Beans|
After blanching them, dip the green beans briefly in cold water, to cool them down. Place the green beans on the dehydrating tray. Then place the trays in the freezer for about 30 minutes. This helps to improve their texture.
|After Blanching Dip in Cold Water|
|Place Green Beans on a Dehydrating Tray|
Pull the green beans out of the freezer and place the tray into the dehydrator. Dehydrate for 8 to 14 hours until the green beans are crisp. Store in an air tight container.
|Green Beans Dehydrating|
Have a happy dehydrating and homesteading day!