*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
                   Leather Britches Beans (Fodder Beans)
 Recipe By     : Mrs. Estill Monk
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : To Post                          Vegetables
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         Green Beans
                         Salt And Pepper
                         Lard Or Bacon Grease
 String very full beans as you would for cooking, but do not break them.
 Thread beans on twine, using just enough beans on each string for one or
 two meals.  Then drop them into a brine of ½ cup coarse salt and one gallon
 of water for 15 minutes.  Drain on newspaper.  The brine will keep bugs
 away from your beans.  Hang the strings of beans on wire or rope in a dry
 place for at least three weeks.  Make sure they are completely dry or they
 will mold.  
 Prior to cooking the dried beans, pour lots of boiling water over the beans
 and soak overnight.  In the morning, wash the beans well and cover with
 water in a pan.  Cook for 2 hours; then add salt, lard or bacon grease, and
 pepper.  Finish cooking about 2 hours more, adding water as needed.
 Source:  “Mountain Measures”  --  Junior League of Charleston, WV
 ed. 1974
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