This particular crop is kind of special as we did not harvest it for green bean eating this year but rather left the entire row alone for seed saving. This is because my husband's grandmother has helped save and has passed this particular bean down now through 3 generations and it is an old heirloom variety that though she cannot recall the name of she swears you cannot find any longer. Anyway, hubby likes the taste so we put out a crop of the last of the seeds to garner more seeds as grandma was out of seeds too. It seems the last 2-3 years has not been good for this bean and the seed was fast becoming unavailable to us as grandma had no more to share for next year's planting either.
After stomping on the bag of bean pods we shelled what was not already broken open and freed the seeds. (He thought this was quite fun!)