Free Food in Process: Drying Green Beans for Seed
My plan for free food by 2011 is underway. Having bought sugar snap peas and green beans as seed in 2010, I’ve harvested a portion for seed. The key is not only to pick them when they’re big and brown with paper-thin pods, but to follow up by drying them for a few weeks in a cool, dark place. That’s the step you see here. Today, I’ll be sorting out any pods that have signs of moldiness, then taking out the remaining beans and putting them in an envelope in a drawer for planting next year. Free food!
Doing this with my peas was really cool: after drying out for a couple of weeks, they’d shrunk down to the wrinkled cubes you see in the Burpee seed packets. I was tempted to use a pair as little bitty dice.