Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A Red, White, Blue—and Green!—Fourth of July

Freshly picked Masai filet beans (haricots verts) from the kitchen garden - FarmgirlFare.com
Freshly picked Masai green beans (haricots verts)

Will you be eating anything from your garden this Independence Day? I don't know what we're going to grill yet (probably something doused with my easy, all natural homemade BBQ sauce), but I do know we'll be having green beans—the fridge is overflowing with them.

I picked all 32 feet of mine (Slenderette and Masai), then couldn't resist buying a few more pounds of pretty filet beans (the delicate, thin green beans also called haricots verts) from our Amish neighbors—and then another big bag from an older couple in town that was selling their extra backyard bounty.

Time to get out my beloved FoodSaver vacuum sealer and start filling the freezer! Just blanch 3 minutes (a little longer for fatter beans), cool in ice water, drain, pack into bags, and seal. (I use this model FoodSaver and make my own bags from rolls of FoodSaver bag material.) These beautiful beans will be an extra welcome treat when we pull them out for dinner in the middle of winter.

To see more of what's growing right now in my kitchen garden, check out the latest installment of the popular new Friday Farm Fix on Farmgirl Fare.

Have a safe, happy, and delicious holiday!

© FarmgirlFare.com, where I'm thinking old-fashioned blackberry crisp for dessert tomorrow. And maybe some all-American giant chocolate chip cookies too.

1 comment:

  1. I went over to Farmgirl Fare and read your Friday Farm Fix. I am sorry about your terrible drought and heat. I hope it lets up soon.


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