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Canning beans.....................

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:19 am
by jltrent
Anybody canned any beans yet? Yesterday I got started and did 42 quarts (28 quarts peanut beans and 14 quarts topcrop) Also I baby sat my daughters 3 kids as she and her husband had to work and my wife had to work. I am still tired............

I just got done with them at around 7P....................

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Here is my work crew (3, 6, and 9).................

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Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:25 am
by talltimber
That's a lot of work sitting there. I remember my Grandma, Great Grandma and her sisters getting together to can. No A/C, just fans in the living room pointing to the kitchen so they would get a little air. Couldn't put it in the kitchen, be blowing the burner/pot too much. If we were all out there putting up hay, and come in for dinner (canning AND made dinner), I'd be glad to be done and out of that house.

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:20 am
by MRRherefords
Snapping them is the longest, but most fun part of the whole process. We snap the ends off then break them in half. Is that what you do when yo can them?

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:50 am
by skyhightree1
jltrent wrote:Anybody canned any beans yet? Yesterday I got started and did 42 quarts (28 quarts peanut beans and 14 quarts topcrop) Also I baby sat my daughters 3 kids as she and her husband had to work and my wife had to work. I am still tired............

I just got done with them at around 7P....................


I haven't canned any but froze some canning takes too long and I don't have the time to do it right now.

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:54 am
by greybeard
No garden this year, but I've done lots of canning in past years. Just 2 of us now, so we freeze most of the stuff from the garden nowadays, and only enough for 1 year.
I tend to over do it sometimes. I once canned 30 qts of pickles. We'll never eat that many pickles..I just didn't want them to go to waste.

Beans, corn & peas tho, we eat a lot of.

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:16 am
by Dave
My beans are only about 6 inches tall. It will be a while until I can them or harvest anything from the garden.

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:35 am
by jltrent
MRRherefords wrote:Snapping them is the longest, but most fun part of the whole process. We snap the ends off then break them in half. Is that what you do when yo can them?
On the peanut beans I have to string them also, a lot of extra work to go along with them being small also. But for flavor they IMO are bout the best so the hard work pays off during the winter months.

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:20 am
by cowgirl8
skyhightree1 wrote:
jltrent wrote:Anybody canned any beans yet? Yesterday I got started and did 42 quarts (28 quarts peanut beans and 14 quarts topcrop) Also I baby sat my daughters 3 kids as she and her husband had to work and my wife had to work. I am still tired............

I just got done with them at around 7P....................


I haven't canned any but froze some canning takes too long and I don't have the time to do it right now.

I freeze my greenbeans....too much work canning them and they don't get mushy in the freezer.
I'm switching to tattler lids. So tired of the metal ones and i'm always out. Just canned up all my garden potatoes, and it was a good potato year. I'll start on pinto beans, bought not home grown, for our food storage. I can up around 30 pounds a year for that if the SHTF time.

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:35 pm
by Jogeephus
Nice work. Didn't do any canning this year because we still have plenty. Love canned beans but am considering freeze drying them in the future if I can convince myself to get off the money for the equipment.

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:35 pm
by jltrent
Just brought in more work.....

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Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:27 pm
by 3waycross
Not telling anyone how to put up their beans but We lost a whole family of cousins to botulism before I was born from home canned green beans. We blanch them and freeze them....I won't even consider any other way.

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:33 am
by cowgirl8
3waycross wrote:Not telling anyone how to put up their beans but We lost a whole family of cousins to botulism before I was born from home canned green beans. We blanch them and freeze them....I won't even consider any other way.

Its amazing more people don't die from it, but i'm guessing they cook it enough before eating it.
I never blanch my greenbeans. Unless you're eating them without cooking, there is no point in what blanching does. Even if you eat them without cooking, no one eats raw thawed green beans...Just pick, wash, trim and put in a Ziploc bag. After a bit of freeze you can move them around in the bag so they don't freeze together (although they usually don't unless they are real wet when they go in the bag)...but then you can just grab what you need when you need it..It also helps if you have a deep freeze..

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:42 am
by Son of Butch
jltrent wrote: On the peanut beans I have to string them also, a lot of extra work to go along with them being small also.
But for flavor they IMO are bout the best so the hard work pays off during the winter months.

That's a good looking work crew you've put together. Work 'em hard for that winter payoff. :)

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:10 am
by CottageFarm
cowgirl8 wrote:
3waycross wrote:Not telling anyone how to put up their beans but We lost a whole family of cousins to botulism before I was born from home canned green beans. We blanch them and freeze them....I won't even consider any other way.

Its amazing more people don't die from it, but i'm guessing they cook it enough before eating it.
I never blanch my greenbeans. Unless you're eating them without cooking, there is no point in what blanching does. Even if you eat them without cooking, no one eats raw thawed green beans...Just pick, wash, trim and put in a Ziploc bag. After a bit of freeze you can move them around in the bag so they don't freeze together (although they usually don't unless they are real wet when they go in the bag)...but then you can just grab what you need when you need it..It also helps if you have a deep freeze..


For the benefit of others who may read and believe this to be true....

There are a number of benefits to blanching most veges before freezing....
Most importantly it will stop the enzymatic action that causes maturing/ripening.
Freezing will slow down this process but not stop it. Proper blanching will preserve freshness, flavor, color, texture and nutrients. It will also make produce less susceptible to freezer burn.
It will also kill most pathogens that may be present. Again, freezing will slow the metabolism of bacteria and molds, but not kill them.

To avoid the inevitable forthcoming bs from the princess, here is one link from a quick search.

http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/blanching.html

Re: Canning beans.....................

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:29 am
by 3waycross
Thank you Cottage farm. Sorry to hijack this thread. However good information is always appreciated.