Friday, June 2, 2017

Canning Green Beans

Summer time has always meant canning time here on my homestead.  Green beans were a staple.  I grew lots of them and we canned many hundreds of jars over the years.

I posted this step by step tutorial on canning green beans about 5 years ago.  If you plan to try and can green beans this year, be sure to bookmark this post!  :)

Remember:  you MUST can green beans in a pressure canner.  They can NOT be canned in a water bath canner.  All low acid veggies (and meats) must be pressure canned for the safety of you and and your family.  


My green beans have not done as well as they have in the past. Our summer has been on the cooler side (except the last week) and it took them awhile to get going. My kids and I did our second picking today. I’m thankful for what I was able to can. I may have enough to get a few more jars canned with the next picking, which will most likely be the last.

Our afternoon started with picking the beans. Then I washed them and we had a little bean snapping party! :) (Sierra took the pic so she is not in it)…



After the beans were snapped it was time to get them canned up. I began by washing 7 quart jars in my dishwasher. While it was running I pulled out my canner and got my lids put in some hot water and pulled out the rings. When the jars were washed I was ready to go.

I raw pack my green beans. I begin by adding 1 teaspoon salt to the quart jar…



Then I fill the jar with green beans. I shake the jar around a bit to get as many beans in as I can..



Then I fill the jar with hot boiling water….



I use a chop stick to push around the beans and release any air bubbles. I add more water if needed and leave about 1 inch of head space..



I wipe the rim of the jar...
Put a lid on…



And a ring…



Now it’s time to put them in my canner…



Repeat with remaining jars…


Green beans are canned at 10 pounds of pressure for 25 minutes (pints for 20). This is for my elevation. Pressure varies based on your elevation. This website has a chart for the elevation changes: http://www.simplycanning.com/altitude-adjustments.html 

My little row of green beans gave us 13 quarts today (plus the green bean salad I made the other day)..




 

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