The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks mom!Burpee seed company. Back in March when I ordered my seeds, a note popped up at check-out suggesting I add a package of Burpee Bean Booster to my order. “Improve plant growth! Increase crop yield!” bragged the message. What did I have to lose? So I bought the stuff and let me tell you, it works like magic! You simply sprinkle some of the organic granules on top of the furrow as you sew your seeds, fertilize, water, and wait. In a couple of months, beyond bean bonanza! I’ve never seen so many beans.
Burpee or Parks Seed. I love the good old standard Kentucky Wonder pole beans. They are stringless and huge. As for bush beans, this year I bought Beananza and Blue Lake and they both have been amazing. There are many good varieties of bush beans…just look for one that gets good reviews and is stringless. It’s a little late to plant them in many parts of the US, but in California there is still time to plant for a late season burst.
We have an abundance of beans to eat and lots to share, but I have also decided to freeze some so we can enjoy them this winter. (Many of you have encouraged me to start canning, but I haven’t ventured into that world yet. Maybe next year!) You don’t have to grow beans to freeze them. Good beans are plentiful and cheap now at farmer’s market, so you can take advantage of the summer bounty and freeze those. Freezing beans is easy and quick. The frozen beans can be briefly boiled or steamed just till hot or used in your favorite recipes.
To Freeze beans:1. Select only the freshest green beans to freeze. I pick my beans when they are about the width of a pencil so they are tender and sweet.
2. Trim ends. (You can cut beans into pieces, but I like freezing them whole.)
3. Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil and drop beans into water. Cover.
4. Boil for 2-3 minutes.
5. Drain and immediately plunge the beans into ice water, adding more ice as the cubes melt.
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Wendy’s Asian-style Tofu and Green Beans
1 ½ lb whole green beans, trimmed
1 lb crimini mushrooms, stems removed and cut into chunks
¼ 1b shiitaki mushrooms, sliced
16 whole peeled garlic cloves
3 T sesame oil
¼ cup Braggs liquid amino acids (or Tamari)
1 small onion, sliced thinly
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Combine beans, mushrooms, onion, tofu and garlic in a large roasting pan.
Mix well, coating all ingredients.
(If not, cook another 10-15 minutes.) Serve over rice or soba noodles.