You chose the beans you wanted to grow, you planted and grew them, and now they’re ready to be harvested. So, what’s next?
Beans are ready to be harvested when sizeable and firm pods are present. Snap or cut them off, but be careful to not tear the plant. If you wait to pick the pods the seeds inside will begin to develop and become plants of their own.
Once removed from a plant, bean pods are fresh for about 4-7 days. You can freeze beans, pickle them, or can them for preservation. Ball Jars gives a great canning tutorial here.