Era: 1940 onwards
“I remember my Mum salting down runner beans. My Father would grow runner beans in the garden and we’d then pick them and use a Kilner jar with layers of beans and salt (from a brick of salt). This would preserve your beans for the winter. When you wanted to eat them, you’d need to soak off the salt – which seems so bizarre now as we are so health conscious about not having too much salt! Once you had washed them, you’d boil them to death.”
Wash and dry your runner beans then slice into 2cm long pieces.
Layer up the runner beans in a Kilner jar with salt scraped from a block (or normal salt nowadays).
Make sure that there is salt in-between each of the layers of beans.
Seal the jar and store it somewhere cool and dark until you need to use it – a pantry would be perfect.