Tired of the same-old steamed green beans? Dry your surplus of green and wax beans by stringing them together into what early settlers called "leather britches." Here's how:
Preparing the Beans
Select green or wax beans that are fresh and firm. Wash beans and trim off stems. Then pat the beans dry with paper towel.
Stringing the Beans
Hold a bean upright. Thread a large darning or carpet needle with heavy-duty thread or kite string.
Insert needle and thread through the center of each bean, so both ends of the bean are loose.
Securing & Hanging
Secure the first bean by wrapping the thread around the bean and making a knot. Repeat step 2 until the thread is full. Secure the last bean like the first, cut the thread and tie a knot.
Hang the string of beans in a clean, dry location. Leave your "leather britches" for several months or until pods are dried and wrinkled.
Once dried, enjoy in soups and stews or display as a decoration.
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