ENJOYING OUR SUMMER HARVEST ALL WINTER LONG #1 - CHINESE NOODLE BEANS
If course the gardening season is mostly passed for us here in Arkansas, but the benefits of gardening are still being enjoyed at the @papa-pepper household. I’ll be taking the opportunity to share some of the different foods that we grew and foraged last year that we are enjoying!
CHINESE NOODLE BEANS
The Chinese Noodle Beans were a new crop for us last year, but I see them being a staple for us in the years to come. The beans themselves would grow up to three feet long, but they are best for eating when they are between a foot and a foot and a half.
Raw, they were very enjoyable and we enjoyed picking and eating them fresh from the garden. Stir-fried, they were also incredibly tasty and very delicious. We froze some to enjoy stir-frys throughout the winter, but I thought I would experiment with them too!
The main experiment was pickling some of them. With a bit of canning & pickling salt and a mixture of vinegar and water, I canned many jars to enjoy in the winter months. After the initial experimental batch to make sure that the @little-peppers would eat them, we realized that the Chinese Noodle Beans would be an incredible food source in the years to come.
We grew both Green and Red varieties, and they each have their own benefits to growing. Personally though, I like the red, if for no other reason than they are much easier to see for picking.
We long to have a trust-worthy food supply that we can provide ourselves. The goal in that is two-fold. First, it’s more cost effective to grow our own, and the more of our own food we can provide, the less money we will need to spend on food.
The second reason is that with GMOs, pesticide, herbicides, and all the other potential contaminants and detrimental modifications that can be made to foods, I think the health risk at grocery stores is rapidly increasing.
Personally, I don’t want to have to pay to poison myself when I can eat nutrient rich foods that I grow myself for free!
The pickled Chinese Noodle Beans are just one of the homemade canned goods that we have available this winter from our garden last year, so you can expect some others to be coming in the near future!
Here is a video of the @little-peppers devouring some!
As always, I’m @papa-pepper and here’s the proof: