How to Can Green Beans

rinsing green beans for canning green beans, ham and potatoes

Green beans are one of the best things to come out of the garden in the summer. You can’t beat fresh green beans! Especially cooked in a pot with some ham and potatoes! Canning your fresh green beans to have all winter long is one of the best things about canning. So much better than canned green beans from the grocery store and much healthier. You know exactly what is going into your jar of green beans that you feed your family.

If you don’t have a garden you can always buy a bunch of fresh green beans from the grocery store and farmer’s market and can them and reap the same benefits!

This recipe for canning green beans is easy and delicious. Try my other green bean recipes also for some variety: Green Beans and Potatoes, Green Beans, Ham and Potatoes.

This recipe is for quart jars.

Ingredients for Canning Green Beans

  • Green Beans: Cut or snapped (About 4 cups per quart jar)
  • Broth or Water
  • Optional: 1 tsp Salt
  • Note: 2 pounds of cut beans will produce approximately 1 quart or 2 pints

Detailed Steps for Canning Green Beans

First step is to remove the ends of the fresh green beans and cut or snap the green beans, then rinse the green beans.

rinsing green beans for canning green beans, ham and potatoes

Fill the jar with green beans, leaving 1-inch head space. Optional is to add 1 tsp of canning salt.

Canning jar filled with green beans for canning green beans

Add boiling water or broth to 1 inch head space. I used chicken broth.

Adding broth to the jar of green beans
chicken broth added to jar of green beans.

Canning beans requires canning in a pressure canner because beans are a low acid food. See my article on beginners guide to canning for a complete guide on canning.

Place the filled jars into the pressure canner and process according to your canner’s instructions. Use the processing time for the item that needs the longest processing time. The processing times for green beans are 20 minutes for pints, 25 minutes for quarts

I use the NESCO Electric Pressure Canner for pressure canning. I have included step by step instructions on how to use the NESCO Electric Canner on my website. One good tip is to always add white vinegar to the canner and that makes the jars come out clear without a white coating on the outside.

When the canning process is complete and the canner has had time to depressurize, remove the hot jars with a jar lifter and place jars on a dish towel on the counter and do not disturb for 24 hours.

Jar of green beans after canning

Enjoy

Enjoy your jars of delicious home-canned green beans, ready to eat for any meal!

Home food preservation is such a great way to save on the grocery store and have shelf stable and healthy meals and other food ready to eat in your pantry.

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rinsing green beans for canning green beans, ham and potatoes

Green Beans Canning Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Green beans are one of the best things to come out of the garden in the summer. You can’t beat fresh green beans! Especially cooked in a pot with some ham and potatoes! Canning your fresh green beans to have all winter long is one of the best things about canning. So much better than canned green beans from the grocery store and much healthier. You know exactly what is going into your jar of green beans that you feed your family.

This recipe for canning green beans is easy and delicious.

Ingredients

  • Green Beans: Cut or snapped (About 4 cups per quart jar)
  • Broth or Water
  • Optional: 1 tsp Salt
  • Note: 2 pounds of cut beans will produce approximately 1 quart or 2 pints

Instructions

  1. Snap or cut the green beans and then rinse
  2. Fill the jar with green beans, leaving 1-inch head space.
  3. Optional to add 1 tsp canning salt
  4. Fill the jar to 1-inch head space with boiling water or broth
  5. Wipe the rims of the jars and add the canning lids
  6. Process in the pressure canner for 25 minutes for quarts
  7. When the canning process time is complete and the canner has had time to depressurize, remove the hot jars with a jar lifter and place the canning jars of hot beans on a dish towel on the counter and do not disturb them for 24 hours.

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