What to do with green beans too big for eating?

NilaJones(7b)July 24, 2013

Hello folks :). This looks like an awesome forum, full of ideas!

I let some of my pole beans go too long. They are edible, but a bit tough and mealy. Still green, but with pretty-mature seeds inside. Way more than I want for seed-saving.

Any ideas about what I should do with them? Do you think they would make a good stock?

The one time I tried to pickle something (preserved lemons) they got all moldy, so I hesitate to try that...

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Those are what we used to call 'shelly beans'. shell them, like you would English peas and add some in with the regular-sized green beans.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 7:30PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Many southerners grow them that way intentionally for shelling beans. Shellies boiled with a bit of bacon and onion. Delicious!! Not too shabby with a bit of butter and garlic either. :)


    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 9:39PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Ditto the shellies. Try a bit of chopped tomato from your garden along with the bacon and onion.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 11:25AM
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Well, I had no idea! Thanks, folks! I will try them tonight :).

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 1:36PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

We let them go a lo-o-o-ng time and then can them like any other dried bean. Actually, these and horticultural beans are my husband's favorite. (He hates "regular" green beans - only me and my BIL eat those.)


    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 2:06PM
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I didn't have bacon, so I did them up with olive oil and garlic. Plus two tiny cherry tomatoes, all I have yet, so I could see what the combo was like :).

I felt they needed a little something, so I added a tablespoon of lamb and onion with middle eastern spices, last of a bag in the freezer.

ZOMG, delicious!

Thank you folks so much. I love these :).

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 8:17PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

WTG! another convert to shellies. Lots of recipes for them Nila as they lend themselves to all sorts of seasonings and cooking methods. Try them with a tbls. of sugar and a couple of tbls. of vinegar mixed in for a sweet n' sour taste.


Here is a link that might be useful: article about shellie beans with recipes

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 10:59PM
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Thanks, Dave :).

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 8:27PM
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