Freezing Broccoli and Beans

You get the most nutrient-dense vegetables by eating or freezing them immediately after picking. Don't know how to freeze broccoli or beans? Read on to learn vegetable freezing techniques.

Sauteed String Beans Recipe

Here's a recipe for sautéed green beans and guidelines for blanching and freezing green beans for garden food preservation.

The Power of Pulses

Pulses are tried and true — people in temperate climates have been growing and eating them for more than 10,000 years. Pulses are still the most essential part of the diets of billions of people worldwide. Learn to grow and eat this nutritional powerhouse.

Simple Bean Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Squash Recipe

Pressure cooking is a quick, healthy and efficient way to cook a myriad of dishes. In this recipe from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Topeka, Kan., vegan cookbook author Jill Nussinow introduces a simple bean chili recipe that includes nutritious fall favorites, sweet potatoes and squash.

5 Best Food Preservation Methods for Green Beans and Shelling Beans

Food preservation methods for green beans include freezing, drying, pressure canning, pickling, and dry salting. Shell beans may be enjoyed fresh, if harvested when immature. Immature shelling beans are best preserved by freezing. Fully matured beans are usually dried, and may also be pressure canned. This article contains instructions for preparing and preserving green beans and shelling beans by using all of these food preservation methods.

Do I Have to Soak Beans Before Cooking?

Did you forget to soak your beans before whipping up a dip or dish? Don’t fret — soaking beans isn’t always necessary. Here are the pros and cons.

Invest in Regular Family Dinners (With Recipe)

Gather your extended family around the table to share home-cooked, healthy meals on a regular basis. Reap the rewards of laughter, pleasure, and deepening relationships for very little money. Get started with my recipe for Beans with Caramelized Onions and Carrots. Ten servings cost about ten dollars using organic, heirloom beans and about seven dollars using pinto beans.

Three Ways to Enjoy Beans

Beans are usually divided into two categories: shell and snap. Shell beans have thicker pods and are typically cultivated for their seeds. Snap beans are harvested before their seeds ripen and are grown for their tasty pods. However, I've discovered there is some leeway in how beans are harvested and used.

Determining Days to Maturity

Learn when to expect your crops to be ready to harvest. Giving attention to the days to maturity for the varieties you choose to grow will help you in your garden planning.

Curried Pinto Beans Recipe

Indian-inspired curried pinto beans are a fragrant, flavorful, and filling vegetarian main dish that's light on both the wallet and the waistline.

Cold-Weather Bean Soup Recipe

Create a hot, filling bean soup that's perfect for chasing away a cold winter evening. Loaded with garden produce, it's good for the soul.

Growing Protein

Learn which crops you can grow in your garden to provide protein in your diet.

Planning For Eating

Begin your garden planning with what,and particularly how much, you want to eat. Take a look at what you are eating now and go from there.

Edamame Soybean Plants Are Tough

Edamame soybeans are tough,fast-maturing plants that can withstand extreme garden conditions. They have few problems with disease or insect pests. The green pods are delicious and high in protein, and make a good addition to an edible landscape.

First Time Gardener in the Office Garden

Summer intern Megan describes her first time gardening at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, planting cucumbers for the first time and watering the office garden.

Purple Hull Peas?

So, what are Purple Hull Peas? They are a green shelled pea that cooks into a creamy, yummy delight! They are easy to grow and can also be found at local farmers markets.

Grow These Heirloom Bean Varieties

Read this excerpt about heirloom beans from Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver. This book will help you re-discover heirloom vegetables from our American culinary and gardening roots.   

Heirloom Spotlight: The History of Beans

Read this excerpt about heirloom beans from Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver. This book will help you re-discover heirloom vegetables from our American culinary and gardening roots.

Savoring Bean Gleaning Season

In addition to the beans you planted to harvest dry, a good gleaning may yield a surprising harvest of gourmet beans.

Three's Not a Crowd

Growing the three sisters (corn, beans, squash) in the same plot of land actually helps yield healthier crops of each.