Canning Green Beans

Canning Green Beans 2

When my kids were little, we used to have canned green beans regularly. After all, you just had to dump them in a pot, heat them, add a little salt and pepper, and they were done. As I learned more about food and nutrition, however, I became more interested in growing and canning my own food. Not only is it much cheaper and more healthy, but the process of canning green beans isn’t nearly as difficult as I thought–it’s much easier for me than learning how to grow green beans was!

When I can my own green beans, I often use the pressure canning method. Pressure canning uses higher temperatures and works faster than water bath canning, and it is ideal for canning any low-acid foods, such as when you are canning green beans. Green beans have a much lower acidity level than tomatoes do, for example, so the high temperature is needed to keep the germs and bacteria at bay.

Canning Green Beans

While the process of canning green beans might feel a little clunky at first, once you practice canning green beans a time or two, it will quickly become second nature. Then, you will be able to store your beans properly so you can enjoy fresh green beans all winter long, without worrying about any added ingredients or the BPA in the lining of store-bought cans of green beans. You’ll still have plenty of time let over to pick out your flowers for Fall gardening, and there’s also the fact that canning green beans yourself gives you green beans that taste way better too!

Canning Green Beans | How To Can Green Beans

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Canning Green Beans | How To Can Green Beans

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Before beginning, check your pressure canner for dents, dings, and pinholes. Check all valves for obstruction. If you are using a ceramic or glass top stove, read your instruction manual and verify that it is safe to use with a pressure canner.
  2. Fit canner with rack and add 3” of water and bring to a simmer.
  3. Clean your jars, lids, and rings with warm, soapy water. Allow rings to dry. Place jars and lids in a saucepan of simmering water and continue simmering until you are ready to use them.
  4. Wash green beans thoroughly. Snap ends and remove ‘string’. Cut or break into evenly sized pieces.
  5. Submerge beans into a pot of boiling water. Boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Fill the heated jars with green beans and pour the cooking liquid over the beans. Leave a 1” headspace. Slide a rubber or plastic spatula around the edges to remove all air bubbles, and fill with additional liquid if necessary.
  7. If you’d like to add salt, add ½ tsp per pint or 1 tsp per quart.
  8. Wipe the rims of the jars and affix warm lids. Screw the rings on tightly.
  9. Set jars into the pressure canner. Once full, lock the lid onto place. Raise the heat and bring to a boil. Once steam has escaped for 10 minutes, place weight on the vent and begin timing. The pressure should remain at 10 lbs for 20 minutes (pints) or 25 minutes (quarts). Turn off heat source.
  10. Allow canner to return to zero pressure, remove gauge, and let cool for 10 minutes before opening lid. Let canner cool for 10 more minutes. Remove jars and set on a towel.
  11. These will need to cool 12-24 hours before checking the seal. If a jar hasn’t sealed, refrigerate for immediate use.
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Homemade Nesquik Mix

As much as my kids love Nesquik mix (and really–what kids don’t?), I always hesitate to buy it for them because of all of the less-than-desirable ingredients. Pyridoxine hydrochloride? Copper Gluconate? Manganese Sulfate? No thank you! But I didn’t want to just tell them no either. So, I did what I do with so many unhealthy recipes–I made my own!

Now, this Homemade Nesquik Mix recipe may not exactly qualify as health food, but just like my Homemade Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix, my Homemade Fruit Roll-ups and my Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce recipe, it is a lot healthier for you than the store-bought version. Plus, it’s cheaper and it still tastes great too!

Chocolate milk is such a fun and yummy treat. My kids aren’t the only ones who drink it–I love it too! And now that I make my own, I feel better knowing that they are drinking homemade chocolate milk without all of the extra artificial additives. We love chocolate milk with breakfast, with our after school snack, or as a special late night treat before bed.

This recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it contains only three ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Just mix them together, store it in an air tight container, and you have yummy Homemade Nesquik Mix recipe ready to go whenever your kids ask for it, which with my kids is all the time!

The next time your kids ask for chocolate mix, try this Homemade Nesquik Mix instead. It’s easy, inexpensive, healthier than store-bought and yummy! What more could you want?

To make it, all you need is:

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients and store in air tight container.
  2. To serve: combine 1 cup (8 oz) milk with 2 Tbsp mix and stir until combined.

Is it cold outside? You might want to try my homemade hot chocolate recipe! Easy to throw together and it blends up with just hot water!

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