Cassole

So I bought one of these from D'Artagnan
It's not the funnel shaped ones I love but those are quite a bit more fragile and expensive to ship from France. This one came practically over night from NJ (or somewhere).

It'll hold 8 quarts which is enough cassoulet for 12 people.

Last of Susan's Beans

We had a hard frost this weekend so my eleven year old and I harvested the rest of the beans with flashlights in the dark (a fun adventure!), all which are drying on platters now. (I had to cull out a few moldy beans so now I am storing them all on platters until Elaine calls them to herself.) Can't wait for the cassoulet party!

Harvest Report

Bean harvest. I put them in the jars to measure volume (just under 3 quarts). But since the beans are not fully dry I have them spread out in a single layer on cardboard to finish drying. Will report weight then.

Cut down plants in wheelbarrow, some shelled beans in pot, bean poles down on the barn floor, that's that.

Cut down plants in wheelbarrow, some shelled beans in pot, bean poles down on the barn floor, that's that.

Bean harvest in the city.

Bean harvest in the city.

Sprouting?

Is this normal? A batch shelled this weekend has begun to sprout. Is it the humidity? Should I throw it in the freezer? Some of it is also discolored somehow.

Elena: I think you shelled it too early. The freezer probably is the best choice.

Elaine: Neal, have you seen this before?

Elena: Before freezing my beans they looked kind of similar. They did not sprout.. though.

Elaine: Elona, do you mind if I repost the picture to a couple boards and garden groups?

Elona: Go ahead . The other two batches are fine so I am thinking that this is a case of picking too early or right after rainy patch.

Elaine: Ah it probably is the later. The dried beans being remoistened then warmed up by coming inside. If I were a seed, I'd sprout.

Elaine: Also are the beans hard? What happens when you push your nail into it?

Elona: They seemed soft(er).