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Freezing Green Beans

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Leave a comment

When growing our pole beans this year we grew more than we were able to eat fresh and decided to freeze some extra beans for later. iphone 6 case flowers Freezing green beans is a relatively simple process that can be done with items you most likely already have in your kitchen. iphone 7 phone cases beyonce The steps for freezing include preparing the bean, blanching, cooling, and packaging the end product. Blanching is the process of heating the vegetable to stop enzyme activity from further ripening and/or deteriorating the quality of the beans while it is frozen for months or years. Blanching preserves flavor, color and texture.

Picked beans!

Picked beans!

What you need: 1) Beans 2) Large pot of boiling water 3) Large bowl of ice water or cold water 4) Packaging containers
The "String" of a string bean!

The “String” of a string bean!

The Processes: 1) Remove the ends of the beans and the strings, if the beans are “string” beans. For stingless beans this part of the process can simply be done with a knife. 2) Cut or “Snap” the beans into bite size pieces. movies iphone 6 case 3) Blanch the beans for 3 minutes in boiling water. iphone 8 game case Add small batches of beans to large pot of boiling water (At least one gallon of water per pound of vegetable to be blanched). pug phone case iphone 7 plus Start counting the 3 minutes after the water returns to vigorous boiling. The water should return to boiling after one minute. 360 iphone 8 case gold 4) After blanching immediately place the beans in an ice water bath. 5) When the beans are cooled, drain and package the beans. 6) Label your containers with a date. 7) Place the bags separated from each other in the freezer. When they are frozen, you can place the packages closer together. iphone 6 large case 8) The frozen beans will keep for a long time, but are best used within 12 months for best quality.

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Growing Pole Beans 2016

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Leave a comment

We have grown green beans as Pole Beans and also Bush Beans. Bush beans grow close to the ground and are usually less than 2 feet tall and normally about 18 inches tall. Pole beans on the other hand, will grow about as tall as you make a trellis. We made our trellis about five feet tall out of well used “Tomato” cages. iphone 8 battery case slim Trellises can be made a variety of ways and with a variety of materials. The purpose of the trellis is to give the vines of the pole beans something to climb upwards and to make the beans accessible for picking. Without a trellis, the beans will just grow flat on the ground and defeat the purpose of picking pole bean varieties.

Pole bean seedlings with "Tomato" cages

Pole bean seedlings with “Tomato” cages

Most “newer” bush bean varieties have been developed to be stingless, but many of the older and very flavorful pole bean varieties have strings. The strings need to be removed when preparing the beans for cooking. The strings in more mature beans have a threadlike texture and do not chew easily when eating the beans. The string will be coarser and more developed as the bean matures and the seeds grow larger. Younger less developed beans will have no strings or a less developed string. When choosing pole bean varieties, read the seed description carefully so you know which varieties have strings and which do not. However, some of the beans with strings have a wonderful flavor and should not be avoided due to this characteristic. Removing the strings just takes a few more minutes during preparation and is well worth the extra time.
The "String" of a string bean!

The “String” of a string bean!

We wanted to grow several pole bean varieties but did not have the space to plant multiple rows of different varieties. Our compromise was to mix the seed of several varieties so the different varieties grew together in a mixed planting. We planted Blue Lake, Kentucky Blue, Kentucky Wonder, and Kentucky Wonder Yellow Wax bean. Some bush and pole bean varieties can be harvested as green beans or as shelled dry beans, if left to fully mature and dry.
Pole beans blooming and setting beans

Pole beans blooming and setting beans

When planting beans, peas, and other legume crops, we inoculate the seed with rhizobia nitrogen fixing bacteria. Rhizobia bacteria establish themselves in the roots of legumes, forming nodules on the roots of the bean plants. The bacteria fixes nitrogen from the atmosphere and make it available to the plant. The available nitrogen reduces or eliminates the need to fertilize the beans with nitrogen fertilizer. Many soils naturally have this bacteria present at planting, especially if beans, peas, clover, or other legumes have been grown there previously. We plant the beans about an inch deep in the soil and water them immediately. Plant after the danger of frost has past, and the soil has warmed, unless you plan to cover the seed and seedlings with a fabric cover. The beans should start to germinate after about a week. Bean seedlings are susceptible to losses during germination, so we plant the seed close enough to allow for this expected loss. element case iphone 7 plus Poor germination, fungal diseases and insects contribute to seedling loss. iphone 6 case branded As germination progresses we thin the seedlings to about 4 inches apart leaving only the strongest plants. After the first set of true leaves develop we apply an insecticide, to combat insects that attack the seedlings. We apply an insecticide periodically as the bean plants grow, if we notice an insect problem. water proof case for iphone 7 Our plants developed mites this year. We have not yet found a product that is really very good at controlling these pests. The best mite control is achieved with a natural predator. We set our tomato cages over the seedlings once they became established and we had controlled all the weeds. The beans will grow rapidly and will begin to bloom. After bloom, the beans will set and form the beans. galaxy case iphone 8 Pole beans will keep blooming and producing, if the plants remain healthy. It helps to keep the plants healthy, if care can be taken during picking to reduce injury to the vines. iphone 6 phone case gaming
Pole beans at during harvest

Pole beans at during harvest

Keep the beans watered and as pest free as possible for high quality beans. Experience will teach you when to pick the beans. Eat a few as they develop. iphone 8 plug case Usually the beans are picked after they have become big enough for the beans to develop, but prior to the shape of the bean seed becoming too distinct.

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