lj doesn't seem to have anything in the pipeline, so I'll put this up.
Yesterday I went to the CSA to get this week's pick-your-own. I went out to the green bean field, lowered myself creakily to sit between the rows, and picked green beans by just taking what I could reach. I only had to scoonch on my butt to the next set of plants once to have a gallon of beans.
So last night I put the DNC on a laptop while I cleaned and trimmed the beans, blanched them (4 minutes in a steamer), dumped them in ice water (I made slow-melting mega-cubes by freezing water in plastic containers earlier in the day), and packed them in one-quart freezer bags a pound a time. I think maybe I'll do it again on Sunday -- the beans are really exceptional this year. The farm has worked out ways of keeping the damn Mexican bean beetles under control, which means we can keep harvesting beans for weeks -- it used to be that the beetle built up during the season so that the later bean plantings were almost worthless.
Green beans are this family's favorite green vegetable. What's yours? What's in season where you are? Talk away.