Have you been thinking about canning your green beans, but you don’t have the proper tools to do so such as a pressure canner? There are methods that you can use to can any sort of green beans without having access to a pressure canner. Below are the steps you should take in order to can your green beans and preserve them for future use:
Warning: Pressure canning is more effective to kill the botulism potential. Water bath canning green beans is a traditional method and not a scientifically approved method. Try at your own risk!
Canning Your Green Beans without A Pressure Canner!
1. Wash the Green Beans: The first step to canning green beans, whether you are using a pressure canner or not, is to thoroughly wash the green beans in cold water. From there, you need to snap your beans to the size that you want them to be, or you can leave them long and jar length. It is up to your preference.
2. Salt Your Jars: Before adding the green beans to your jars, first, wash the jars, then add salt to them. Generally, you are supposed to ad ½ tsp for a pint-sized jar or 1 tsp for a quart-sized jar. While this step is optional, it is recommended.
3. Choose Whether to Use a Hot or Cold Pack: There are generally two different ways to can your beans: hot or cold. While some prefer to use the hot packing method, others swear by the cold packing method. These will be explained further below.
4. If you Chose Hot Pack: In order to use the hot packing method, you must first begin by boiling your beans in hot water for five minutes. From there, drain the water and place your beans into your prepared jars.
5. If you Chose Cold Pack: In order to use the cold packing methods, you must simply fill your jars with the raw and uncooked beans.
6. Immerse Your Jar in a Pickling Mixture: At this step, you would normally place boiling water into the jars before placing the jars into the pressure canner. Since you are doing it without a pressure canner, you instead want to pickle your green beans. To make the mixture, mix together vinegar, water, and pickling salt and pour the mixture over the beans.
7. Release any Trapped Air: Press on the beans or the lid of your jar in order to release any air that may be trapped in the jar. This will help to preserve the shelf life even more.
8. Clean Your Jar Rims: Before placing the lids on your jars, ensure that the rims are clean and don’t have any residue on it by wiping them down with a cloth.
9. Place Cans in Water Bath: After sealing your jars, place them in a heating bath for the recommended amount of time, based on the size and quantity of your jars. This can take as little as five minutes in hot water.
10. Let Cool and Store: Once your jars are done cooking in the water bath, take them out to cool and store them to enjoy later!
If you are looking for a SAFE method, try PRESSURE CANNING green bean as per the videos below!