Fresh cranberry beans are one of my favorite things about this time of year. If you're lucky enough to find that at the market, look for bright red and creamy white pods. Pods with too much green on them tend to have greener, less ripe beans inside.
Once you get them home, shell them into a beautiful pile of red and cream.
Then you can put them in sealable plastic bags or other containers and freeze them for later in the year, or cook them right away. These Braised Cranberry Beans are always a hit at my house, as is this Kale and Bean Minestrone. Learn more About Shelling Beans here.