I think it’s fair to say that every year, without fail, Frugal Grandma & Grandad manage to turn a few runner bean seeds into a runner bean explosion. It fills the vegetable patch, the fridge, the freezer and more besides. Visitors are sent away away with plastic bags full of runner beans; those little plastic gadgets that shred runner beans into slices are a prerequisite for membership of the immediate and extended family.
So here’s Frugal Grandma’s no. 1 tip for keeping runner beans fresh in the midst of a surfeit. You need: the beans, a plastic bag, a fridge… and that’s it.
If your runner beans have suddenly gone into overdrive and are producing more than you can use and you don’t want to freeze them, this is a way to keep them fresh for some days.
1. Wash the beans and see that the stalk ends are facing the same way.
2. Put them all (without drying) into a plastic bag, which you then roll up.
3. Find a cool place to stand the bag upright with the stalk ends at the bottom. Don’t add any more water: the water from washing will be enough to keep them fresh.
The beauty of this is that you can add extra beans day by day (especially if your runner beans are not very prolific and you need more than one day’s pickings).
(Frugal Grandma sent over this tip in a moment of pique/grandmotherly concern because I haven’t posted so much recently. It’s rather good though, isn’t it? Perhaps I should go AWOL more often?)
Image credit: the hills are alive.