Looking for a fun science experiment using fresh, local and healthy veggies? Try this one.
Purchase, trade, barter or beg a friend for some purple beans. Or, better yet, trade seeds or buy a package of seeds for about $2 and easily grow your own purple beans.
They are beautiful in your garden and help repel bugs. Purple beans contain a water soluble pigment called anthocyanin. Note it is water soluble, therefore, it dissolves in water. Blanching or boiling in hot water exposes the green color (green from chlorophyll) underneath. The purple beans taste just like green beans.
When I have a good crop of beans (any color) or if I find them in large quantities at the farmer’s market, I blanch and freeze in 1-meal portions to enjoy year round.
To blanch: fill a pot with water, bring to a rapid boil. Place washed and trimmed beans into the boiling water (you can place a cover on top to retain heat). Boil 2 minutes. Remove quickly and place into an ice water bath to stop the process. Allow to cool fully, dry thoroughly, and then place into a freezer safe, BPA free bag. Remove excess air from the bag and place in the freezer.
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