I found a bag of last year's beans in the bottom of the chest freezer
Top 1" (about 6 beans worth) were seriousy frost bitten, and another 1" was speckled so I relegated them to my one cat who loves string beans (she will go digging after the ends I tossed in the compost bag heck I START processing beans and she'll smell them and come running, then stand on her hind paws, reaching up for the countertop and begging ).
The rest looked fine but thawed soft with no squeak left in them, so I cooked them with bacon, onions, garlic, a bit of butter, and some diced beet leaf stems in water and chicken broth. Freshly ground black peppers and pink Himalayan seasalt before serving. I didn't cook them very long -- the beans were al dente (so to speak) and yummy.
I think I'll try the recipe with this year's beans too.