Green beans are a great vegetable to can and store for use later on in the year. But because green beans are a low-acid food, they must be processed using a pressure canner to make sure that they stay safe and flavorful for as long as possible.
Prep for the Pickling Process
To get started making the pickles, first you need to wash and snap your green beans. This is a very easy process and you can use any type of green beans, but you will want to make sure that they are fresh and free of blemishes.
Wash your beans and rinse them well to remove dirt and odors from the pods. Next, trim the stem ends off to make them easier to pack in jars.
Fill your jars with the beans and add one teaspoon of salt to each jar. Leave a 1-inch headspace, which is the space from the top of the beans to the top of the jar.
Now pour the boiling water over the beans and salt, maintaining 1 inch of headspace. Once the jars have been filled to their tops, ladle hot water over the beans and salt until the water covers them completely. Wipe the rims of the jars, attach lids and screw bands, and process them in a pressure canner according to your specific canning instructions.
Once they are done processing, let them cool for 12 to 24 hours before removing the lids and checking the seals. This is a very important step, because it will ensure that your pickles will keep for as long as you want them to!
After that, you can simply enjoy the pickles and be happy about not having to go to the grocery store every time you want some green beans. They are delicious and very versatile, too!
Whether you’re looking for a simple snack or something that will be at the heart of your dinner table, these are a great option! They are also perfect for summer picnics or New Year’s charcuterie plates.
If you don’t have a canner, these are also good for storing in the refrigerator! They will taste best after they have been left to sit for at least a couple days.
The easiest way to make the green beans is to wash them, peel off the stems, and cut them into 2-inch pieces. You can eat them straight out of the jar, or serve them with your favorite salad dressing or dipping sauces.
This is an easy recipe to make, and it’s the perfect way to use up any green beans you have in the house! Once you have all the ingredients, all you need to do is follow these steps to can your own home-canned green beans.
1. Make the Brine
You will need to make the brine ahead of time, so that the beans can soak in it for a while before you can fill them with it. You can either make your own brine or buy it from a local supermarket. The latter is probably the most cost-effective option, but you will need to buy a larger amount than needed.