Shelling Dry Beans

This winter I am spending many an evening shelling dry beans.  Most years it is dry in fall and I set up a mud box and fan in the yard, walk on the pods and winnow the beans. 



But it was damp this fall so I brought in the pods, set them on  racks by the cook stove and once they were dry I began shelling




I sit and listen to music or this week I am watching the Olympics.  These are available for sale and I eat them.  I have found that “fresh” dry beans cook up nicely.  The beans in a store have no date, and can be old; they  never seem to cook up the same.

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