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Plans for a Homemade Butter Bean Sheller
DavesGarden.com ^ | July 24, 2010 | Terry Lea of Dave's Garden

Posted on 08/31/2011 9:14:40 PM PDT by Yosemitest



TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: bean; butterbean; huller; peas; sheller
This is a useful tool, but it requires a skilled builder.
1 posted on 08/31/2011 9:14:44 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

How many butter beans do you plan to eat?!


2 posted on 08/31/2011 9:17:11 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife

I seen one of them, thar contraptions down at the farmers market. You could use it for free when you bought yer fresh butter beans.


3 posted on 08/31/2011 9:19:51 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

They gots a bean shucker down there?
And I cant find a decent tomato.


4 posted on 08/31/2011 9:22:38 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife
With aging parents and hard times coming, it's how many beans do you plan to put up.
150 quarts a year is about right.
Do you know how many hours of hand shelling that is?
TOO many.
5 posted on 08/31/2011 9:25:13 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest

Ive never done butter beans.

I have snapped hundreds of bushels of green beans and shucked hundreds of bushels of corn.
That’s a lot of snapping and shuckin!


6 posted on 08/31/2011 9:37:32 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Yosemitest

Are butter beans what Americans call lima beans?

I luv lima beans. And they are very, very good for you.

I was wonderin why my blue lake pole beans weren’t doing so well this year.
Until the night I was sittin on my porch, heard a thrashin sound over there, and saw the two doe munching down on them like there was no tomorrow!


7 posted on 08/31/2011 9:44:20 PM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: Yosemitest

Ferget it! I answered my own question!

Those don’t look like lima beans.
I was thinking about how the British call lima beans “broad beans”.


8 posted on 08/31/2011 9:50:48 PM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: djf
The difference in Butter Beans, Lima Beans & Madagascar Beans is of little importance, but there is a difference.
Most people in the south like Fordhook lima beans that are commonly called butter beans, and I personally like the pole or vine bean, better than the bush.
My back isn't fond of any bush plant.
Look at this link for Deer repellent spray.
It'll work until it rains, and usually after a couple of applications, the deer get the hint and won't come pack until next year.
9 posted on 08/31/2011 10:05:12 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: djf
The photo at the top is of peas, probably big boy peas.
Try this link for butter bean/ lima bean seed.
10 posted on 08/31/2011 10:32:28 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest

Lol. I got this stuff early this year to keep the feral coons and cats away. Can’t remember the name exactly, it’s out in my shed.

Dried, dehydrated, crystallized coyote urine.

Tell ya what. You DO NOT want to be downwind of that can when you open it! NNNNNASSSTYYYYYYYYYY!


11 posted on 08/31/2011 10:53:12 PM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: djf
This is what I sprayed on my plants and it worked, and it didn't stink.

12 posted on 08/31/2011 11:52:25 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest; tubebender; Red_Devil 232

At 10 quarts shy of 5 bushels, why would you shell, instead of cutting & threshing?

I’m assuming you’re talking dry beans.


13 posted on 09/01/2011 12:04:21 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Yosemitest
Here's another plan on PDF Leaflet Plan S-691 Pea Sheller, September 1984.
14 posted on 09/01/2011 1:08:19 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: ApplegateRanch
No, I'm talking about lima beans/ butter beans.
We call them butter beans because we put a lot of butter on them when we eat them.

15 posted on 09/01/2011 1:18:18 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest
Also read Homemade Pea Sheller


16 posted on 09/01/2011 1:32:28 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: IncPen

Interesting


17 posted on 09/01/2011 1:43:58 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: djf
Not this American! Way back when I was a kid, a Lima bean was a hard, nasty tasting green thing, and a butter bean was a softer, tender, slightly mealy, off-white to pale yellow bean 2-3 times larger than a Lima bean.

I would never grow either, so I have no need for a bean thresher, but I do grow green pole beans to eat fresh. I do not save any dry ones, except for seed.

I think I have eaten a few cans of butter beans over the last 30 years, just for bean variety.

18 posted on 09/01/2011 1:49:52 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: tdscpa
It this what you're talking about?

In order to get these soft, you have to slow cook them for about 1 1/2 to 3 hours.
19 posted on 09/01/2011 2:16:00 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest; Drumbo

Cool thread, especially with the deer repellant recipes & picture of the actual contraption featured further down in the comments!


20 posted on 09/01/2011 2:39:16 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Yosemitest

We love lima beans, but that is a LOT of limas!

I always think of ‘butterbeans’ as dried Speckled Butterbeans.

We can only (other than in a good year) raise Henderson Bush Lima or Thorogreen Bush Lima. Most of those are used as dry beans.

Our climate adds 15-30 days to stated maturity dates for most veggies.


21 posted on 09/01/2011 10:37:20 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Yosemitest
Could be. Perhaps it is just the photo, but they look a little jagged on the edges.

The ones my mom served, and the ones I bought in cans were very smooth. I do not remember ever seeing my mother cooking them, but they were probably prepared from dried beans.

I believe way more than 75% of the canned food she served us, she canned herself.

Cooking dried beans for 3 hours is probably not enough, but would be no problem for me. I cook my dry pinto beans on low in my crock pot for 10-12 hours, then add ham, onion, and pepper, then cook for another 6-8 hours when I make my ham and beans.

I never frequent fast food restaurants for ham and beans. And, I am pretty sure the last time I ate a butter-bean, it came out of a can.

Sometimes I see something in a grocery store I just want to eat that is way more trouble to cook from scratch than I want to endure.

Such as pizzas, hominy, Vienna sausages, sardines, peas, fruit (except strawberries), celery, head lettuce, and any shelled bean.

I grow my own, and almost never buy them in a grocery: tomatoes, peppers, corn, radishes, asparagus, melons, onions, cucumbers, carrots, beets, pumpkins, green beans, strawberries, cabbage, Brussels sprouts.

If I can't grow it in my garden year round, I just eat it in season, except for peppers and corn, which I freeze, and onions which I can store all winter and spring, and tomatoes, radishes, beets, carrots, cabbages,lettuce, spinach and Brussels sprouts, which I can grow in my greenhouse all winter.

22 posted on 09/03/2011 1:48:13 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: tdscpa
This sheller thread is about the ability to preserve your own home grown beans. You can buy them today, cheaper than you can can your own, but that may not be true next year.
Bought shellers are expensive and after a little use, don't always work so well.
I know from my past that this type works, if you pick the beans when they are filled out, and not too green.
But you don't want them too dry either.
Water boil canning takes time, but I believe it leaves the food tasting better than pressure canning. Check out these books (click on them): These books aredn't good JUST BECAUSE of the recipes,
but because of the diagrams about building storage ares, smoke houses, and many other detailed items,
23 posted on 09/03/2011 1:42:39 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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