• 09Aug

    Pick your green or wax beans when they’re tender and snappy. Wash them and snip off the stem end. The other little sharp pointed tip won’t matter, so leave it on. Let the beans drain until fairly dry, or at least till the water has dripped off

    An Old-Time Southern Method of Preserving Beans

    This old-time Southern method of drying and preserving green beans and wax beans is a great organic way to store your bean crop for the winter.

    By Grace V. Schillinger
    November/December 1970

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    If you’d like to try preserving beans (“leather britches”) in an old-time, way-down-south way, here’s how to do it:

    Pick your green or wax beans when they’re tender and “snappy.” Wash them and snip off the stem end. The other little sharp pointed tip won’t matter, so leave it on. Let the beans drain until fairly dry, or at least till the water has dripped off.

    Take a large darning needle and thread it with white store string. Kite string will do fine. Then thread your beans on the cord, sticking the needle through the middle of each bean. I don’t mean down the center of the bean, just through the center, so both ends of the bean are loose.

    Fasten the first bean by wrapping the string around it and making a knot so it won’t pull through. Then go on stringing till your string’s full. Fasten the last bean the same as the first one.

    Dry the beans by hanging on a wire in a clean, dry place. An attic or unused room would be okay. Or hang them in your kitchen. They’ll be gab grabbers, for sure! In the most high fallutin’ magazines you’ll see how decorators festoon rooms with the most unusual items. All right—go ahead with your leather britches!

    The beans will become dry and wrinkled and you’ll wonder what in the world you’ll ever do with them, besides just letting them swing there.

    In winter, take your dried beans down—several strings for a large kettle—and remove the strings. Rinse well, then put on to cook. When they boil up once, pour off the first water so you know they’re clean and to remove any bitter taste. Then pour in fresh water, toss in a ham bone and an onion to keep the beans company and salt and pepper to taste. Cook till tender.

    You’ll come up with a mighty fine cold weather dish that’ll stick to your ribs. These beans will remind you of long-ago years when folks had to preserve much of their food by drying.

    Happy eating!

  • 16Apr

    My 14-year old son says these are better than store-bought!
    on youtube-

    Blend fruits of choice in the food processor. The 2 good recipes I made lately are:
    5 apples
    2 red pears
    8 large strawberries
    OR
    2 apples,
    2 red pears
    2 c. raspberries
    1 banana

    OR
    2 bananas
    handful strawberries
    handful raspberries
    handful peaches

    Puree. Spread on lined dehydrator sheets 1/8-1/4 inch thick..Score into long rectangles. Dehydrate at 95 degrees for 12 hours, then flip, if they’re relatively dry, not mush. Flip the parchment paper over and dehydrate again, probably another 8 hours, until bendable, not crisp. You can also spread these with almond or other nut/seed butters, roll up and slice for a great party dish!

  • 01Sep

    This fruit leather is from a boiled concotion – so it’s not raw. But you get the idea, and the pics are nice! You can make this applesauce/apple leather by blending the fruit with raw sweetener of choice, then dehydrating as described!
    How-To: Make Fruit Leather

    http://www.bloombakecreate.com/2010/08/making-fruit-leather/

    via CRAFT

    by Natalie Zee Drieu on 8/10/10