Green beans should not be canned by any method except pressure canning. Deadly bacteria can proliferate, causing spoilage, sickness and even death. Suitable methods of preserving green beans include pressure canning and freezing.Continue Reading
In low-acid foods such as green beans, high temperatures are needed to kill bacteria. These temperatures are only reached through pressurized canning. The bacteria of greatest concern is clostridium botulinum, otherwise known as botulism. Botulism may be deadly.
To safely can green beans, pack beans into clean, hot jars. Cover with boiling water, then affix lids onto jars. Cook for the recommended time, approximately 20 to 25 minutes depending on the size of jars. Altitude and the type of pressure canner determine the pounds of pressure needed to destroy all bacteria. Refer to the pressure canner instructions for exact times and weights.
If canning isn't an option, green beans may be frozen safely. First, wash beans in cool water, then cut into 2- to 4-inch pieces. Beans should be blanched for three minutes, which is the process of dipping them into boiling water for a short period of time and then removing them. Cool them quickly by submerging them in ice water. Drain the beans, and then pack them into freezer-safe containers. Seal and label the containers, and then freeze the canned beans.
To blanch fresh green beans, clean the beans with cold water, trim the ends, dip the beans in boiling water and let them simmer for two to three minutes. When crisp, drain and put the beans in ice cold water for three minutes, drain, and serve or freeze.Full Answer >
To soak the beans using the traditional method, place the beans in a bowl or a pot, pour enough cold water over the beans to cover them, and allow the beans to soak for approximately eight hours. Drain the beans, and rinse them thoroughly in fresh water before cooking them.Full Answer >
Cook pre-soaked pinto beans for four to six minutes in the pressure cooker. Cook beans that have not been soaked for between 22 and 25 minutes. Soaked beans are ones that have been placed in a pot of cool water for at least six hours prior to cooking.Full Answer >
Green beans are a healthy food. They are low in calories, fat and sugar and high in vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. They also provide potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin A and dietary fiber.Full Answer >