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Slow Cooked Green Beans
- (Slow cooking) A slow cooker, Crock-Pot (a US trademark that is often used generically), or Slo-Cooker (a UK trade mark that is often used generically) is a countertop electrical cooking appliance that maintains a relatively low temperature compared to other cooking methods (such as baking,
- (Slow cooking) A process of cooking at a low temperature for a long period of time, also known as smoking, which uses wood chips that have been soaked in water.
- (Slow Cook) to cook for a prolonged period of time over low heat
- The immature pod of any of various bean plants, eaten as a vegetable
- Green beans (American English), also known as French beans and Runner beans (British English), are the unripe fruit of any kind of bean, including the yardlong bean, the hyacinth bean, the winged bean, and especially the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), whose pods are also usually called string
- (green bean) immature bean pod eaten as a vegetable
July site visit to El Entradero, Panama
On their recent trip to Panama, Sarah and Aaron from SHI's Smaller World Program got a warm welcome in the village of El Entradero. SHI- Panama field trainer Diomedes Arrocha is working with 49 families in this community to implement a wide variety of sustainable land-use practices.
From Sarah's journal: "We were greeted by farmers working together to grow organic green beans, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and cucumbers as part of a CSA (community supported agriculture) program. Each week Diomedes picks up a load of veggies from the community and they are brought to the SHI office in Penonome where they are sorted, packaged and then delivered to buyers in Panama City. This is the first CSA project that I am aware of in Central America and it seems to be going very well!
The farmers told us, ‘We’re happy to be able to work together on this project. It is hard work and this is new for us, but we’re seeing good results – we like to work hard... We would like to thank SHI and especially our field trainer Diomedes who has led us in this work, encouraging us to try something new and work together in a group to support our families… We’re investing the money we are making back into the crops so we can increase production and grow more… we like growing with these organic techniques because it is healthier, also the chemicals are expensive. We hope that Diomedes will be able to help us get chicken manure so we can make another batch of bocashi (fermented compost fertilizer). We are grateful for the organization’s commitment and work in our community. Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this work and for all your support with the things we are doing like the gardens, wood-conserving stoves and tree seedlings.’
We visited individual family and group gardens plots where crops like tomatoes and green beans were being grown in terraced rows to help reduce the erosion on steep slopes. I was especially impressed with the Don Pipo’s tomato plants, laden with fruit – all grown organically. We saw simple slow water filtration systems made from a couple of barrels, PVC pipe, sand, rocks and gravel. The materials for a system like this cost around $200 US and enable a family to have safe drinking water – priceless. We also saw wood-conserving stoves that reduce deforestation and toxic indoor air pollution from cooking fires, one of the leading causes of illness in the region. SHI families in El Entradero are also getting assistance with irrigation systems. Don Pipo told us how his new gravity-fed irrigation system enabled his family to extend their growing period into the dry season, greatly increasing yields and giving his family fresh vegetables throughout the year.
In addition to growing veggies, the families have also come together to establish a large tree nursery of 7,000 seedlings which will soon be transplanted in their watershed area. They proudly showed off rows and rows of young mahogany, tropical cedar, acacia and neem seedlings. I hope to make it back to El Entradero soon so I can see how these young trees are doing in their new hillside homes.”
Pork Roast with Mashed Potato, gravy and green beans
The pork roast was cooked in the slow cooker with chicken broth, salt, pepper, thyme, carrots and onions. It sat in there all day while Jenny and Tashina was at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis.
Once the pork roast was finished, I turned the juice into a broth by boiling it and adding two tablespoons of corn starch.
I peeled and boiled six potatoes. Mashing them with salt, pepper, a stick of butter and just a little bit of milk.
The green beans were french cut beans from a can with salt and butter added.
This came out really well. The pork was tender and the gravy was fantastic.
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