We tend to grow lots of beans in the garden and this year we tried a new variety, Chocolate Runner Beans. I absolutely adore growing these beans. They trellis well and are abundant. You can eat the beans fresh from the vine or dry them for use later. Today, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to dry beans. The process is actually pretty simple. To use the dried beans, soak them overnight in water and then try adding them to your favorite recipes. Some of ours include soups.
The chocolate runner beans are beautiful. Ranging from purple, brown to white shades, they all taste the same and produce the same plant with heart-shaped red and pinkish white flowers. So cool, isn’t it? Just like eggs!
To dry beans, you will need to wait until the seed pods dry. This is usually a few weeks after the beans are produced. I typically leave the beans for drying on their stalks in the garden until the first frost. Once the first frost arrives, it signals harvesting time to me.
On a dry day, with your hands or a pair of garden sheers (these are my favorite ones), clip the bean from the vine.
Peel back the beans from the pods and discard any moldy ones. I leave my on a cookie sheet to complete the drying process.
Store the dry beans in an airtight bag or mason jar until ready for use. Be sure to save some beans to plant for next year.