Shelly's Vs Dry Beans
I have a question about shelly's vs Dry. I picked all of my beans the other day because the vines had collapsed down the poles and some were broken and the leaves were turning brown. Also many beans were right on the ground and I was concerned of slug or other critter damage, it's been really wet here.
Now, I opened a few of the pods to see how the beans looked inside, they were nice full mature beans with nice purple striping on a pale kahki background. I threw them on the counter to let them dry a bit and the rest I kept in the shells and put them in a canvas re-usable grocery bag. I have a lot of beans, maybe 10 Lbs worth.
My general question is this, the beans are not "dried in the pod" they are still green pods, can I save any of these for seed or did I ruin that chance? I was hoping to have dried beans to save for seed and to eat as dried beans.
Also how do I use beans as shellies, Just pop them out now and eat them? Do I freeze them, can them? The ones I left on my counter ( 3 days now) are starting to turn a little brown, is this ok? I only did a handful to see what would happen and to me it looks like I am ruining them.
This morning I took all the beans in the pods out of the grocery bag and put them on a table on top of a towel, then I took a fan and have it blowing on them. I am hoping this will help them dry out faster so they don't spoil.
Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated. I should have read more before I got to this point, I am only hoping I am not totally out of luck.