Thursday, June 21, 2012

Folklife Friday: Green Beans

We grow green beans every year.  Rattlesnake is our favorite because they seem to last longer after the intense heat of July and August gets here.  We stake them on tepees of bamboo poles. This year, we have had some good rain at good times so we have lots of beans.  LOTS of beans.

I usually break the beans with a novel being read to me from a CD.

It is mindless work, so I can pay attention to the story.  I was finished with this batch by the time one CD was finished.

This batch produced fifteen pints of green beans.  I use pints when it is just the two of us; I can quarts for nights we have company for supper.

Doesn't that look good?  I canned these on Monday of last week.  Last Thursday, I canned six quarts. I haven't picked them since then, so I know the vines are going to be full when I venture back out there. 

A bowl of green beans at Thanksgiving dinner is as much a staple at our house as dressing and cranberry sauce.  I'm good to go for another year!