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Monday, August 8, 2011

It's that time of year again!

what type of beans?After insisting that the forced labor brigade get outside and work in the garden, I was forced to get busy canning!
Normally, I would have been at it for a couple of weeks at least, but due to late planting, I am only just now getting enough produce in to be worth bothering about getting the canner and jars out!

I've been doing this for nearly 30 years on and off and I still check all my canning books to make sure I got it all right. 

If you would like to try putting up green beans the following article should help you get the job done! You are going to love how good you feel in the winter serving your family wholesome vegetables from your own garden. I promise!

What Type of Green Beans are Best For Canning?

You can use any type of green bean you prefer. Make sure that those you are canning are mature and crisp. Make sure that they're the freshest green beans you can find.

how many beans?

How Many Green Beans Should I Can?

For each 1/2 pound of raw green beans you are canning you will need one quart jar. One bushel of un-prepared green beans will produce between 14-20 quart jars.

preparing jars for canning

Preparing Jars for the Canning Process

The first thing to do is get your jars and lids ready. Make sure the jars have no cracks or chips in the rim. More importantly check the jar lids. Do not use metal screw bands that are rusted or dented. You should use new flat lids every time you can. Sterilize the jars and lids. This can be done in boiling water for ten minutes or in the dishwasher using the sterilize cycle.

preparing green beans for canning

Preparing Green Beans for Canning

Wash the beans, trim the ends and cut the beans. Cut the beans to whatever length you prefer. Most people cut their beans 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length, some leave them longer, 3 to 4 inches. I like to put up green beans of different lengths.

Put the raw green beans into a jar leaving one inch of space at the top for expansion during cooking. This is the time to add salt if you like, about 1/2 teaspoon.

Slowly and carefully pour boiling water into the jar just covering the green beans. Use a plastic spatula to remove any noticeable air bubbles. Wipe the rim and place the flat lid and screw band tightly onto the jar. Don't twist the lid on with all your might, just snug them making sure they're tight.

Don't twist the lids after the beans are cooked, this could break the seal.

cooking green beansFinally the beans are starting to come in! Normally, I would have been canning for at least a couple of weeks before now, but with the wet spring....well, things just didn't get planted as early as they normally might.  Anyway

Cooking Green Beans in the Pressure Cooker

Fill your pressure cooker with 3-4 inches of water always follow the manufacturer instructions. It saves time if you have already warmed up the water in the pressure cooker. Carefully place the jars into the pressure cooker. Once the pressure cooker has reached the proper pressure (usually 11 pounds) cook the green beans for 25 minutes adjusting temperature to keep the pressure at the proper pounds.

Carefully take the hot jars out of the pressure cooker and place them on a cooling rack. Let them thoroughly cool, undisturbed.


Granny Annie said...

We haven't had a garden for a while due to husband's illness, but when we do, he is the gardener which should make me the canner but I couldn't can water if I had to. However, I do manage to eat the bounty from the garden:)

Diane said...

Since we've downsized, I don't have a garden. I do visit the farmers markets, though, and truly appreciate a way to still get fresh veggies.

Your garden looks great and I do remember the fun of canning. Isn't it great to look at those shelves of canned vegetables?!!

Heidi said...

Yum! I would have picked some for you had I been there. And I would have wanted dinner of course too. :-)

Hugs from Holland ~