Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Leather Britches

My friend Bertie reminded me about stringing green beans to make leather britches...it was the old timer way of preserving beans before there were things like freezers and pressure cookers to extend the life of garden harvests.  So after visiting with her, I decided to give it a try.  It's simple...just thread a needle and poke it through clean beans like you are stringing popcorn...I did read you should cut the end stem end off the beans and let them drain a bit, but Bertie told me that wasn't necessary...
...they look pretty, don't they?
They will dry during the winter and end up looking like shriveled up brown sticks...when ready to eat them, boil them in a pot of water and discard the first water (this removes the bitterness), then boil again with an onion and a ham bone...makes for a good winter side dish, can't wait to try it.

I like trying different ways of preserving things...I've frozen beans (both blanched and fresh off the vine to see which turns out better), and need to get a pressure gauge for my pressure canner so I can try canning.  I should still be able to harvest enough beans to get at least a few quarts of beans canned.  But I'm curious, have any of you canned beans using a water bath...Bertie says when she was young they canned things in a wash (Bertie pronounced it warsh) tub over a fire in the back yard and they all survived!  Anyone familiar with a similar method that works?

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Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Well at first I thought you were already putting up Christmas decorations!!

My SIL uses a water bath for her green beans. She boils the jars for something like 3 hours.

Leather britches, now that's a new one on me!

NCmountainwoman said...

I've also heard of water bath canning for beans, but I would be afraid to try anything other than pressure. I suggest you pickle your remaining jars of beans. Everyone loves dilly beans.

Dad/Pepere said...

Don't know anything about canning...but I do remember memere Landry making a recipe that included green beans, onions and ham/ham bone. I will ask around the family to see if anyone remembers the meal. Hugs!

Lise said...

Christmas decorations...not a bad idea Patti, then I can enjoy them longer. But they do look festive, don't they!

I know what you mean NCMountainwoman!

Thanks dad, let me know what you find out. Hugs back!