How To Can Green Beans

August 16, 2015 Tobit Preserving Advice

Green Beans – How Do You Can Them?

Canned Green BeansGreen beans are one of those foods that everyone enjoys eating, but after a while eating them from a can they buy at the store can get old, but even buying them “fresh” in the middle of winter from the store can prove to be a pointless venture as well. However, some people will find they can easily store some of the blessings they have in summer by canning the green beans they either grew or purchased at the farmers market. The challenging part is not so many people have ever tried to can green beans before or even explored a pressure canner and how they are to be used before. With that being said, we are going to share how to can green beans in this blog post.

Items To Use When Canning Green Beans

  • 9 -14 Pounds Of Green Beans
  • Pressure Canner
  • Ball or Mason Jars
  • Lids and Rings for the Jars
  • Jar Lifters To Remove The Jars
  • Timer
  • Strainer To Rinse The Beans
  • Bowls

All of these are the items that I have when I am canning my green beans. As you will discover it is a somewhat complicated process, but it actually is very easy to do once you get the hang of it. With that being said, the one key thing that you need to can green beans is a pressure canner. The pressure canner is going to raise the pressure in the canning process by several atmospheres, which is going to kill off any bacteria that may be in the beans. However, it does take time in the higher pressure, which is why it is so important for you to get the right pressure canner. You can read out helpful tips and model comparisons by visiting that post here.


Steps For Pressure Canning Your Green Beans

  1. Select the beans that you are going to use and rinse them out in the sink to remove all the dirt that you can. You will want to use your strainer when you are rinsing the beans off to keep them from getting into the sink or going down the drain on accident.
  2. After you have rinsed the beans off you will want to go and snap them down into reasonable pieces and remove any of the ends. With the typical bean a single snap after the ends are removed will work, but in some of the yard long beans they are going to take close to two or three snaps to fit into the jar.
  3. You will want to assemble the jars and lids that you have and wash them in warm soapy water. You will want to make sure these are rinsed out really well. You will also want to have a pot of boiling water going as well as you will need to sterilize your jars and the lids in boiling water for five minutes.
  4. After the jars have been sterilized you will want to make sure you use a funnel to put the beans into the jars, I typically pack them up and leave about an inch of head space.
  5. When the beans are in the jar, you will want to put a teaspoon of salt in each of the jars of beans to help in the preserving process, but also to help in preservation of the beans.
  6. You will then want to take boiling water and fill up each jar, but make sure you are leaving the one inch of head space to ensure that you are not going to cause your jars to crack when you are canning them.
  7. With the boiling water in the jars, you will want to put the lids on and tighten the bands down. These bands are going to be hard to tighten down because the jars are hot from the boiling water, but it is important to try to get the bands tightened down.
  8. Once the bands are tightened down, you will want to make sure you place the jars in the canner, make sure you use the canning jar tongs that we talked about as a needed material to put the jars down in the water as the canner is going to have hot water inside of it. Here is a link to the tong set we are talking about and it can be found by clicking here.
  9. Place the lid on top of the canner and bring the water up to a boil in the canner.
  10. When the water has started to boil you will want to keep any of the weight or other items off of the valves to build up pressure for at least ten minutes to vent off excess steam.
  11. After the water has been boiling for a little while you will want to put the weight on the steam valve to start to build up pressure inside of the canner. If you are using a different canner than the one that we have, you need to follow the manufacturers recommendations for building up pressure.
  12. The pressure that you need to get the beans to is going to be 10 pounds of pressure. This can take a little bit to reach and depends on several factors from your canner, stove, and how hot the water was when you starting the process.
  13. Once the 10 pounds of pressure has been reached you will be able to start your countdown. For pint jars you will want to have them processed for 20 minutes and for quart jars you will want to use 25 minutes.
  14. Once the timer has expired you will be able to turn off the heat on the canner. This is going to start to process that is part of the longest and that is waiting for the pressure to drop. You do not want to try to do anything to drop the pressure and let it fall naturally.
  15. After the pressure has dropped and the manufacturers recommendation has been followed it will be easy for you to get the lid off of the canner by following the recommendations only.
  16. With the lid off you will be able to pull the jars out of the canner, using the same tongs as before and set them on the counter to cool off.
  17. After 24 hours you will want to check the lids on your jars and the center should not flex up or down at all. If it does, that means your canning did not work, which happens to the best of us.
  18. All you have left is to consume your beans within a year of your canning date and know that you are going to be able to taste the summer harvest in the middle of the snowstorm.

Canning your green beans is a job, but it is a job that you will want to do if you are going to enjoy the summer months in the middle of winter. We have been asked quite a bit how to can green beans and finally decided to take some time and make a blog post about it. We hope this has helped you out in learning how to can your green beans and look forward to hearing your success stories. If you find this helpful, please remember to share with your friends and browse through the products we have available at the farm by looking at the products tab at the top of the page.


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