Michigan State University Extension
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To vine dry beans (navy, kidney, butter, great
northern, lima, lentils and soybeans) leave bean pods on
the vine until the beans inside rattle. When the vines and
pods are dry and shriveled, pick the beans and shell them.
No pretreatment is necessary. If beans are still moist, the
drying process is not complete and the beans will mold if
not more thoroughly dried. If needed, drying can be
completed in the sun, oven or a dehydrator. Pasteurization
is needed for those beans dried entirely in the sun.

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