Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Cook Dehydrated Green Beans (Shuck Beans)

We used to go south every Thanksgiving, sit down to dinner and devour my mother-in-laws shuck beans (dehydrated green beans).   As we would go back home she would pack us up enough shuck beans for a meal or two, so that we could cook them when we went home.  Then she was always ready, sitting by the phone I think, waiting for our call asking "how do we make these things?"

As they have gotten older we have had to rely on our own supply of shuck beans.  Keep in mind that we now live in Michigan where our daily sunshine could equal out to three hours or less (just my opinion), then add that in with a great dose of humidity, drying green beans in the sun is out of the question.  We have come to depend on our dehydrator,  which makes them just like his Mom's. There is just one tiny difference, they are green instead of brown looking after they have been dried in the hot Kentucky sun.  Thank goodness that they taste the same!

Here we are at that time of year again when the snow has started to fly and we dream of having those shuck beans ready for dinner.  

Recipe:  How to Cook Shuck Beans (Dehydrated green beans)  

Printable recipe 

No matter how you've dried your green beans here is my recipe for making them.  

1. Start out the night before with approximately 1 1/2 cups of dried green beans and soak them overnight with enough water to cover. 

They should look like this in the morning.

2. Drain then rinse green beans a couple of times.  Put dried green beans in pan with enough water to cover.   Add one Tbsp. of shortening or oil along with a couple of slices of bacon if you have it.  Then add 1 Tbsp. of Salt.  

3. Cook on medium heat adding water when necessary.   Watch carefully!

4.  Cook until done approximately 4 hours.

A great way to heat the house on a cold day!  

Have you heard of shuck beans?

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