3 Ways to Dehydrate Green Beans at Home [With Ease]

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Quick Answer: How to Dehydrate Green Beans at Home?

You can easily dehydrate green beans using air drying. This process, combined with the use of a food dehydrator, is ideal for drying green beans in bulk for mass storage. If you need to dry green beans quickly, use an oven.

In this article, I will be outlining the best methods to dry green beans from the comforts of your home.

You’ll be requiring your everyday kitchen appliances for the same.

I’ve not only poured my personal experience with drying green beans, but have also incorporated hours of research on what food bloggers and experts have to say on drying green beans.

There are many ways to dry green beans and I’ve got you covered with the three simplest methods.

Since each of these methods are unique in their own way, let’s kick things off with the most common method referred to for drying green beans at home.

How to Dehydrate Green Beans Using Air-drying?

How to Dehydrate Green Beans Using Air-drying?

Active Time: 28 days
Total Time: 28 days
Difficulty: Easy

Air drying is one of the oldest methods used to dry green beans. No artificial heat is required, which is why the process takes longer than other ones. However, you get perfectly dried green beans at home without the use of any electrical appliances.

Materials

  • Kitchen string
  • Embroidery needle
  • Colander
  • A large pot
  • Ice

Tools

  • A steamer pan

Instructions

    1. Wash the beans - Wash your beans under cold water to get rid of any dirt. You will need to take some time carefully washing them because drying vegetables with dirt attached to them may lead to molds growing.
    2. Cut the stems - You can choose to use a knife to cut off the stem ends of the beans. Or, you can simply snap the ends off by hand.
    3. Blanch the beans - Fill a big pot with water and bring it to a boil. Place a steamer pan above ensuring the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the pan. Keep all the beans in the pan and let them boil for 3 to 4 minutes.

      Directly place the hot beans into a bowl filled with ice water. Let the beans sit and cool for five minutes.
    4. Remove excess water - Remove the beans from the ice water and place them in a colander to air dry for a few minutes.
    5. String the beans - Using an embroidery needle and some kitchen thread, string through either end of a bean. Tie a double knot to secure that bean. Leave about ½ an inch space and string the other bean through repeating the process.
    6. Dry the beans - Hang the beans in a dry area with proper air circulation.

Green Beans Using a Dehydrator

Time Taken: About Eight to ten hours

Optimum temperature – 135 degrees Fahrenheit

What You Need:

  • Dehydrator trays
  • Ice
  • Colander
  • A large pot
  • A steamer pan
  • Paper towels

Using a dehydrator is an excellent way to dry green beans for bulk storage.

The process takes less than a day and you get perfectly dried green beans in the comfort of your home.

However, you will have to keep an eye out to avoid your beans from overdrying or getting cooked.

Wash the Beans

Under cold running water, perfectly wash your beans to get rid of all dirt particles.

Green beans contain large amounts of germs and dirt that come from various plant parts.

Blanch the Green Beans

You can either use a steamer or boiling water.

If using a steamer, let the green beans boil for 2 to 3 minutes and if using boiling water, let the green beans sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Directly transfer all green beans to a large pot with ice so they can cool down.

Pat-dry the Beans

Lay down a single layer of paper towel on a platform. Place the beans on top and cover them with another layer.

Gently pat the beans with the paper towel to get rid of the excess moisture.

Arrange the Green Beans

Carefully place your green beans on the dehydrator trays.

Dry the Green Beans

Slide the trays into the dehydrator and let the beans dry at the required temperature for eight to ten hours.

Halfway through the drying process, flip the beans to let the other side dry for the remaining time.

Cool the Beans

Let the beans cool for a few minutes before checking to see if they are perfectly dried. When dried properly, the beans shrink and become wrinkly.

Green Beans Using an Oven

Time Taken: 8 to 14 hours

Optimum temperature – 140 degrees Fahrenheit

What You Need:

  • Strainer
  • Cookie sheets
  • A large pot
  • Oven trays
  • A sharp knife
  • Steamer pan

An oven is used to dry green beans in bulks.

It’s easy and takes less than a day before you get perfectly dried beans in the comfort of your home.

However, you will need to keep an eye out as the oven may burn or overdry your green beans.

Wash the Beans

Under cold running water, perfectly wash your beans to get rid of all dirt particles.

Green beans contain large amounts of germs and dirt that come from various plant parts.

Slice the Green Beans

Slice off the ends of the beans.

Evenly cut all the beans 1 inch thick. Ensure all pieces are approximately the same for a proper drying process that takes the same time.

Blanch – Grab a pot and fill it with water.

Bring the water to a boil and place a steamer pan above ensuring the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the pan.

Keep all the slices in the pan and let them boil for 3 to 4 minutes.

Directly place the hot beans into a bowl filled with ice water. Let the beans sit and cool for five minutes.

Strain the Beans

Remove the beans from the water using a strainer.

Arrange the Slices

Spread a single layer of a cookie sheet on the oven tray and evenly place all the slices on top. Ensure some space remains between each slice for proper air circulation.

Dry the Beans

Let the beans dry in the oven for 8 to 14 hours. Check on them from time to time and if dried, remove them from the oven and let them cool down.

The Right Way to Store Green Beans at Home

After drying the slices or green beans as a whole, it is best to store them in an airtight bag.

You can place your dried green beans in glass mason jars as well, with regular canning lids.

However, avoid plastic mason jar lids as they won’t keep your dried green beans as airtight as they need to be.

Therefore, proceed with using metal lids and rings instead.

Make sure there isn’t any moisture inside the jar.

If you find your dried green beans to feel soft or soggy, proceed with drying them once again and then store them as required.

Our Take on Which Method is The Best

People who live in regions that are relatively hot and dry benefit the most from air-drying their fresh green beans.

For a longer drying process that doesn’t require artificial heat, you can refer to the air-drying method.

This process, combined with the use of a food dehydrator, is ideal for drying green beans in bulk for mass storage. If you need to dry green beans quickly, use an oven.

FAQs

What is the best way to tell whether a canning jar is airtight for storing dried green beans?

Fill a clean, dry jar halfway with water; any volume will suffice. Turn the container upside down and tighten the lid. It is airtight if no water will escape. It is not air-tight if water leaks.

Which is the fastest way to dry green beans at home?

An oven is the speediest method for drying green beans at home. You will only be able to dry them in limited quantities at once. This method will only consume 8 to 14 hours per batch.

Do air-drying green beans require less effort or should I use dehydrator trays?

Both methods require the same amount of effort since you will have to arrange the beans before placing them in the dehydrator or out in the sun respectively.

Is the air-drying method better than the oven one when drying green beans?

If you are looking for a faster method then the oven one is faster because artificial heat is used when using the oven method. The air-drying method decreases the chances of tiny bugs and insects spoiling the green beans.

Bottom Line

We have gone through three simple ways to dry green beans for various purposes.

Hopefully, this guide helped you learn ways to dry veggies like green beans at home.

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About Betty Ellis

Betty is a food researcher who spends most of her time analyzing the nutritional aspects of various foods. She also researches methods to enhance taste, as well as how to store certain types of foods. She enjoys cooking for herself and her three dogs even though she doesn't have a lot of free time outside work.

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