Succotash is a simple great tasting recipe that is extremely versatile for the home gardener. Some people use corn and lima beans, but I prefer corn and soybeans or edamame. This made a great dish for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the best part about it was that except for the butter, salt, and pepper, all the ingredients came from the garden.
Sweet Corn (White & Yellow) *Next year I am going to mix in blue sweet corn for more color
Edamame (Soybeans) Shucked
Red Bell Peppers
Salt & Pepper
1. Defrost corn and soybeans in the microwave. Let the peppers sit out for a couple of minutes, and then dice them, but do not microwave as they will get mushy. (All these ingredients were flash frozen in the summer)
2. Spray skillet with non-stick spray.
3. Heat corn, soybeans, and peppers on medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes while stirring. (Cooking times may vary depending on how full your skillet is.)
4. Add sage, butter, salt, and pepper to skillet, and stir. Continue heating 5 minutes or until cooked to your satisfaction.
5. Ready to serve!
I had a ton of soybeans ripen at the same time, so I decided to flash freeze them. You can certainly dry soybeans, but if you want to eat them as edamame, freezing is the best way to preserve them. You really should blanch your soybeans before freezing them because it stops the enzymes which cause the loss of flavor and nutrients. See below for instructions.
1. Wash your soybeans pod and all.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.
3. Place your soybeans into the pot pod and all. The pot will stop boiling, but when it starts to boil again, leave the soybeans in for 3 minutes while boiling.
5. Dump soybeans out into a colander, then immediately into an ice water bath for 3 minutes.
6. Put the soybeans back into the colander, and place a towel under the colander to catch water as you shuck the pods.
7. Shuck your soybeans. This means to remove the beans from the pods. The pods are not edible. They should come out easily, because the pods soften after boiling.
8. Place your soybeans into a vacuum pack freeze and steam bag, and vacuum pack, then place in the freezer. You can also use freezer zip lock bags. These will not keep the soybeans quite as fresh, and you will want to remove the air as best you can with a straw before placing in the freezer.
Salt & Pepper
1. Boil soybeans in the pods for 2-3 minutes to soften.
2. Shuck soybeans. (Remove beans from pods)
3. Sauté soybeans in pan with butter on medium for 4 minutes then add the chopped mint and basil to the pan for an additional 3 minutes.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Soybeans are a great source of protein. I like to harvest them when they are still green, but the beans are nice and full in the pod. Eating this immature bean is referred to as edamame.
Tools & materials needed?
Pointed hoe, metal rake, soybean seed
You should plant your soybeans in the late spring, when the soil and air temperatures are warm. I am a little early here, but I like to preserve a lot of my soybeans, so I don’t like late Summer or Fall harvests for soybeans, as I will be busy harvesting many other fruits and vegetables at that time.
Soybeans will grow in most soils, they like lime and moist soil.
Companions soybeans love?
Companions that love soybeans?
Corn, carrots, rosemary
Soybean seed is a large sized seed that requires a depth of 1 inch.
I put soybeans about 3 inches apart. The seed being so large, it is easy to place them pretty accurately apart. I very rarely have issues with the soybean seed not germinating.
How to plant the seed?
1. I mulch my garden, so I first take my metal rake and pull the mulch away from the area I am going to plant.
2. I make a 1 inch deep trench with my pointed hoe.
3. I drop the seed in the trench about 3 inches apart.
1” deep trench with soybeans 3” apart
4. I gently push the soil (not the mulch) back over the trench with the backside of my metal rake.
5. I lightly tamp the area with the back of the pointed hoe to connect the seed to the soil.
6. I push the mulch back over the planted area. I am not worried about the soybean seed making it through the mulch.
7. Water your seeds in. Make sure to keep the soil moist until germination.
Soil raked over seed, tamped, and then mulch put back