We try to get our green and yellow beans planted nice and early in the spring so that they will be ready and available to pick with the raspberry crop.
Picking and Storage Tips:
- – Break off the bean from the plant along the thin stem that connects the bean to the plant. The beans snap off pretty easily. hence the name “snap beans”.
– Look for beans that are : firm and green (not yellowish – unless you’re picking yellow beans!), smooth, not wrinkly on the surface – that’s an old or dried out bean, not lumpy – those lumps are the beans that are developed and that’s an overripe bean!
– Avoid placing the picked beans in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. Beans may be kept fresh in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for 3 or 4 days
-To freeze beans, wash, trim the ends and blanch the beans in boiling water for approximately 10 seconds. Immediately place the beans in ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Dry the beans completely before placing in a freezer bag for storage.