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Does anybody know if you can eat dried runner beans? We grow borlotti beans to use during the winter in casseroles, we grew a few kidney beans last year, is there any reason you can't do the same with runner beans?


  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,065

    Yes, just treat them the same as kidney beans - cook thoroughly. You can also freeze the fresh beans if you need to harvest before the pods dry.

  • Thank-you, I seem to have so many having already frozen beans in pods I will now leave to dry, if the weather holds out it won't take long!

  • I have a freezer full of beans and no room for anymore and i think if we eat anymore we will end up looking like one or turning into a very good runner!!!!!!!! Hadnt realised you could dry them so will give that a go. One of the lads at the allotment is trying to talk me into entering some of the competitions at next years show. I say lads they are well into their 80's.

  • Runner bean chutney is yum!! Made some last year as had a real glut and was amazed how yummy and easy to make it was image 

  • Do you have any good recipes for bean chutney then??
    • 2 lb runner beans
    • 4 or 5 onions
    • 1 ½ lb demerara sugar
    • 1 ½ tablespoons turmeric powder
    • 1 ½ tablespoons English mustard powder
    • 1 ½ tablespoons cornflour
    • 1 ½ pints malt vinegar
    Step by Step Instructions
    1. Peel onions and cut small.
    2. Slice beans and boil together with onions in salted water until both are tender.
    3. Strain and drain well
    4. Add sugar and 1¼ pints vinegar and boil for 15 minutes.
    5. Mix turmeric, mustard and cornflour with the remaining vinegar add to the bean and onions.
    6. Boil for another 15 minutes.
    7. Allow to cool and put in jars.
    I tend to throw in some whole grain mustard as well for extra bite. Leave for about 3 months for the flvours to really develop.   Takes Chesse sandwiches to another level image  
  • Thanks for that. I'll give it a go!
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