Canning green beans is such a wonderful way to enjoy this amazing vegetable. Once your family tastes them, they will never let you buy a can of green beans again. I was feeling a little sorry for myself snapping and canning green beans that my wonderful friend grew, picked and gave to me. I went to the pharmacy to get a prescription and I said to the sweet lady that was helping me, “don’t you think that it is easier to go the store and just buy green beans than canning green beans”? She said, “maybe but my kids won’t eat them”. She told me that she cans her green beans every year, because that is the only way her family enjoys them. No sympathy from her! And so I went home and finished canning my green beans and when I looked at them, I was pretty pleased! They turned out fantastic.
I also had another dear friend who one year when we had a lot going on in our lives, canned me some green beans. This really touched my heart! And so I knew that she had a lot going on this year and so I decided that I could reciprocate. So I gave her some of the green beans. I guess that I kinda have a history with green beans. I think that I might just even plant and grow some of them for my family next year. I love the feeling of having all my bottles full and on the shelf. They look so pretty on the shelf in my basement and I love to have all kinds of food that I have canned. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few things that are a lot easier to buy at the store, but this way you know what is going in your bottles and you know that the fruits or vegetables that are in them are nice and fresh. So I encourage you to go to the farmers market or maybe you have a good friend that will share their beans. They truly are so good.
Look at these beautiful green beans. I do love to eat them fresh too! Wash them off and snack on them, they are really good.You can also snap a few and cook them on the stove top. Another thing that you can use green beans for is the famous green bean casserole that every one eats at Thanksgiving time. I will have to get you that recipe in a few weeks, as fall is just around the corner. Kids are going back to school and some are going away to school. I will be posting a few easy recipes for them. Some that they can even place in the crock pot and eat when they get home from classes. And you busy moms can use a few easy recipes yourselves. What kind of things do you like to can? I really hope that you get a chance to can some green beans because I know that you will love them.
- 1½ - 2 pounds green beans
- ⅛ - ¼ tsp salt quarts
- ¼ - ½ tsp salt for pints
- Wash green beans in warm to cool water. Remove the ends and snap into 1-2" pieces. Pack your bottles as tight as possible. Tap jar lightly on a towel, this allows them to pack down tighter.
- Add salt according to size of jar.
- Pour boiling water, leaving a 1" head space.
- Use a damp rag and wipe of the rim.
- In a small pan, boil flats.
- Place the flat on the jar.
- Put a ring on, and tighten pretty tight.
- Process jars in a pressure cooker.
- Process, where I live I use 10 pounds pressure for 25 minutes for quarts, and 20 minutes for the pints.
- When using beans, boil on the stove top for about 10 minutes before you eat them.