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How to Pressure Can Green Beans

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

Climbing beans are one of the wonders of my childhood. I remember my mother creating large teepees with poles and string for the beans to grow up, and cover. It was magical. I wanted to provide the same joy for my children but am not quite so ambitious. I found long cattle panels bent into an arch to make a lovely tunnel of beans for the kids to walk through. It is also much easier to harvest as I can easily access beans from the inside and outside of the arch. And what a harvest!

Those lovely green beans are so easy to preserve for future meals. Here is an easy beginner’s tutorial about how to pressure can green beans that Emmaline and I made for you.

Marie and Emmaline in the garden picking green beans off the bean trellis they were growing on.

Picking Beans

How to Pressure Can Green Beans

The first step is to wash and drain the green beans in a colander.

Marie and Emmaline snapping the ends off and sectioning the green beans into chunks to can in the pressure canner.

Snap beans into jars

Next, we will resize the green beans into 2 inches sections. You can either cut them with a knife or just snap them as we do. You have the option of taking off your ends. We usually remove the blossom end but leave the other side intact. Fill your quart-sized jar to just below the shoulder of the jar. It usually takes about 1.5-2.5 pounds of green beans per jar.

Emmaline and Marie filling jars during their how to pressure can green bean canning tutorial video.

Add salt and water

Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the beans. Cover with hot water leaving 1-inch of headspace.

Place lid on top of the jar and add the ring. Tighten the ring fingertip tight and process in a pressure canner for 25 minutes at 10 pounds of pressure if at sea level. (Remember to adjust the pressure for your elevation if higher than 1000 feet.)

3 absolutely perfect quart jars of pressure canned green beans.

Canned Green Beans

If you have any questions about canning with the pressure canner or how to adjust the pressure for altitude, take a look at our canning basics videos.

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