Glazed Lima Beans

Glazed Lima Beans

It always takes a little bit of experimentation to decide on the final design. So many choices! Fortunately, these beans are so pretty that it makes it a lot easier. Small round white bone beads were the perfect spacers.

I can’t remember exactly where I got carved ivory piece, but this necklace is the perfect place for it.

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Painted Calico Bean Necklace

These Painted Calico Beans are a work of art just on their own, but combined with white bone spacers and an outstanding pendant, this is a masterpiece!

 

Drilling these beans is a lot easier because they are so much bigger. But then, they are so dramatic that it’s hard to find the right spacer beads to go with them.

But after much experimenting, the simple white bone spacers seemed perfect.

Deciding on a pendant after that, was easy!

This was a fun necklace to assemble because it looked great at every step along the way. This is a necklace that will be a wonderful accent with almost any outfit.

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Glazed Christmas Lima Beans

Glazed Christmas Lima Beans

The colors of Christmas Lima Beans are exotic naturally, but when they’re glazed, they are spectacular.

There are so many possibilities presented by these colorful beans, that it’s hard to decide. I finally came up with iridescent faceted deep bronze beads plus a beautiful hand-made polymer clay pendant. I just love the way it turned out!

You can find the details of this necklace at

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Black Valentine Beans

Prolific, string-less in all stages, the young snap beans are slender, almost round, and richly flavorful. A pre-1850’s heirloom that germinates in cool soil, making it a good, early planting bean. It produces masses of delicious, tender, straight, 6″ long green beans very early in the season. The glossy, dry, black beans make a legendary black bean soup. Leave some pods to dry on the bush.

History

Originally cultivated in Central America, from Mexico to Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. The smaller beans are thought to have been cultivated in Mexico as long as 7,000 years ago, while the larger beans were cultivated in Peru starting 8,000 years ago. High in protein, easy to grow, dry and cook, they have sustained mankind for millennia.

Perfect for a beautiful bracelet

These charming little beans are beautiful in their darkness. Right away, I saw them with red bead spacers as a contrast with the black.

First of all, drilling these little beans was a challenge. For a while, I held the bean between two fingers and struggled holding the bean steady. Then I came up with a possible solution: hold the bean in a pod of Mouldable Glue by Sugru while drilling and Voila! it worked!

I found that I need to rinse off the drilled beans because of the dust from drilling the holes. The little red colander was perfect. I found though to be careful not to let the beans sit wet for too long or they start to get soft.

So let the stringing begin!

Pretty soon I was getting to the end of the beans I had drilled. (I’m not that good on planning and measuring beforehand.)

 

 

 

 

Fortunately, I had cut just enough memory wire despite my previous admission.

 

Then superglue to end-beads on each end without super-gluing my finger. (This has happened more than once.) Then rummaging around to find a red tassel.

And here we are! See the details of the final products at:

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Red Calypso Beans

Red Calypso Beans have a mild, earthy flavor, and a creamy texture that people often compare to potatoes. These bi-colored beans are nutrient-dense. They perform well on their own or as a component among other ingredients.

  • Color: half red, half white with specks
  • Size: About 1/4″ to 1/2″ long

 

Red Calypso Beans are happy cheerful beans and oh so pretty! They are just fun to work with and turn into stunning jewelry.

Little white wooden beads are the perfect pairing for the brightly colored beans. The bracelets are strung on silver-plate memory wire in an alternating design. Warning! It’s hard to stop once you get going on these memory wire bracelets.

 

 

 

 

The finished bracelet can be found at:

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Or you can eat them!

How to Cook Red Calypso Beans:
Here is the basic cooking method for Red Calypso Beans: Soak beans overnight. Rinse them. Add the beans to a large pot and cover them with fresh water. Boil the beans for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer until they reach the desired tenderness, which is about 60-90 minutes. Please note that these beans create foam while boiling, so frequently skim the water.

Cooking Suggestions: Red Calypso Beans can be a substitute for kidney, cannellini, or pinto beans. They are delicious when added to soups, casseroles, stews, and pasta salads. Add them to cooked rice for a delicious stuffing.

More About Red Calypso Beans: 
The Red Calypso Bean is a striking looking bean with starkly contrasting red and white markings. The distinctive pattern resembles that of a Holstein cow’s hide, which is why it’s sometimes called “cow seed.” The markings fade as a result of cooking, but the pattern remains, giving these beans wonderful presentation value.

Snow Cap Beans

The Snow Cap Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a pole bean and a relative of the cranberry bean. This attractive heirloom-variety bean gets its name from the ivory-colored “cap of snow” that covers about half of its 1/2-inch-long reddish-tan body, which is marked with variegated streaks of deep red.

The names native people gave all-natural beans tell a story. With Snow Cap, we can easily imagine people living in the valley and looking up at the high mountains capped in snow! It’s a beautiful image and a beautiful bean with the tan and white coloration and cooks BIG to offer a soft, delicate bite and filled with great flavor. Excellent in soups or salads or in a big aromatic and delicious pot of beans.

Re-hydrate in clear, cool water for 12-24 hours before cooking until tender. These big beans need plenty of time to absorb and expand, so give them at least a full day.

Where we got the Snow Cap beans: http://chilismith.com

Now, let’s look at how the necklace and bracelet were created:

The first task is to drill holes in the beans so you can string them together to make a necklace or a bracelet. A hand-dandy little battery-operated Dremel drill will do the trick. Be sure to get a drill bit small enough for a stringing wire or memory wire.

John fixed me with a little block of wood to put under the bean as I’m drilling. This ensures that the drill bit goes all the way through the bean. Some beans can be pretty tough!

These little dog food containers are handy to have around. here we have the drilled beans in the clear container and the spacer beads in the dog food container.

Picking out the spacer bead you want to use can mean a lot of experimenting. I finally decided on these adobe colored beads because they were the closest to brown in the beans.

 

 

 

 

The wooden disc for the pendant was just the right color.

Snow Cap Bean Bracelet

Details about the Snow Cap necklace and bracelet can be found at the following links:

http://gibsongrafe.com/products/snow-cap-bean-bracelet

http://gibsongrafe.com/products/snow-cap-beans-necklace

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How to Cook Beans

One cup dry beans yields 2.5-3 cups cooked beans. Soak 1 cup beans with 4 cups water.

Overnight Soak: Place beans and water in pan/bowl. Cover, let stand. Next morning, beans are ready to cook.

Quick Soak: Place beans and water in heavy pan. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 1 hour. Beans are now ready to cook.

Cook: Add fresh water to drained, rinsed beans. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 20-60 minutes. Do not boil. Cooking time varies depending on size/type of beans and length of time in storage. Beans are done when they can be mashed with a fork. Wait to add any salts, acids or sugars until near the end of cooking.

Enjoy: Cooked beans can be added to soups, salads, side and main dishes. Cook a big batch and freeze the extra for use later on.

The preceding is thanks to Shady Side Farms, Holland, Michigan. Check the ABOUT US for their wonderful story.

http://shadysidefarm.com

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Red Cargamanto Beans

Red Cargamanto bean Aka frijol cargamanto rojo – Columbian Heirloom.
The cargamanto, grandmother of the cranberry bean, has a thinner skin and is plumper when cooked than her descendants, so this creamy, buttery bean literally melts on the tongue. Phaseolus vulgaris, the common bean, string bean, field bean, flageolet bean, French Cranberry beans originated in Colombia as the cargamanto bean.
These beans have beautiful red-speckled seeds with deep burgundy and caramel coloring.

The beans came from: http://caribbeangardenseed.com

The beans themselves are so beautiful that they deserved a glitzy spacer bean. So I found these iridescent bronze faceted glass beads. Perfect!

It took me quite a few experiments to find just the right center piece. Most that I tried fought with the beans for attention. Others were just too bland. I settled on the vintage Colombian bead which just seemed like it belonged there.

I had just enough beans left to make a matching pair of earrings with GF gold wires.

Here are the final creations:

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Just in case you want to grow some red Cargamanto beans:

Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed.
The benefits of beans are numerous – each half-cup serving (cooked) provides close to 40% of your daily fiber, 10 grams of protein, as well as iron and calcium. Their protein and fiber content makes them a filling addition to any meal and a welcome complement to your healthy diet.How to prepare themPopular in Italian cooking (where they’re better known as “borlotti” beans), these beans have a mild, sweet and nutty flavor and satisfyingly creamy texture.
This makes them a perfect ingredient in salads, soups, stews, spreads (hummus, anyone?), dips and other dishes.
To prepare cooked cargmanto beans, be sure to soak them overnight, then drain and rinse. Add 1 cup of beans to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour before serving.”

 

 

Good Mother Stallard Beans

Good Mother Stallard is a family heirloom that has been enjoyed for generations. It is a sweet tasting bean which has a very full rounded nutty taste. This is a meaty bean with a granular texture which is great for soups.

These beans came from Elegant Beans and Beyond,

http://www.elegantbeans.com

Check out their blog. It’s fabulous!

 

This is a fun bean to work with — the shell is relatively soft and easy to drill. The burgundy and white coloring is quite dramatic. Makes for fabulous Jewelry. The picture above is of the beginnings of a bracelet. The picture below is the finished bracelet.

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Eye of the Goat Beans

The Eye Of The Goat Bean (or “Ojo de Cabra” Beans) is an heirloom runner type bean related to Scarlet runner beans. They are round, slightly kidney shaped with a beige-tan background and curved brown stripes.
  • They have a creamy texture and keep their shape after cooking
  • The Eye of the Goat bean has a great natural flavor but still is very versatile and a perfect vehicle for bold flavors.
  • They can be substituted for pinto, black-eyed pea, cranberry, or red kidney beans
  • Source of beans: https://woodlandfoods.com

I love these beans! They have such a personality — the colors are beautiful and neutral — they will go with any wardrobe.

I must admit too that I have so much fun making things with these beans I have a tendency to skip some of the things I SHOULD do. My bad!

But I’m usually thrilled with the final product. Just can’t help myself.

The bracelet was fun to make too. Thank goodness for memory wire!

For more details:

http://gibsongrafe.com/products/eye-of-the-goat-necklace

http://gibsongrafe.com/products/eye-of-the-goat-bracelet

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