I bought a case of 40 lbs of green beans from Bountiful Baskets this week. Call me nuts, but green beans are SO good…and the thought of not having to buy them all winter made me happy. So I went for it. I had NO idea how many beans 40 pounds really was.

Thankfully, two of my amazing friends who volunteer at Bountiful Baskets with me on Saturdays wanted to come over to help. Hooray! Many hands sure made light work! It would have taken me SOO much longer to do it all by myself. We started at 9am and I just pulled the last of the jars out of the canner right now…at 3:30. And we had 2 canners going!

We spent the first hour at least sorting and breaking the beans into pieces. Then we filled the jars. We did a raw pack (meaning you put the raw beans straight into hot jars and then fill the jars with boiling water). Beans must be processed in a pressure canner since they don’t have any natural acid. We processed the jars at 11 pounds of pressure for 20 minutes (pints) and 25 minutes (quarts).
Then…I ran out of jars. So I blanched the rest (boil for 3 minutes then place in cold water to stop the cooking). I strainded them all and then packed them into quart-sized ziplocks. The total tally is as follows:
26 pints (canned)
7 quarts (canned)
7 quarts (blanched and frozen)
My friends took 18 pints home between the two of them. Not bad for a day’s work! Green beans for dinner tonight!
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4 Responses to Green Beans!

  1. So wow… I have honestly NO idea how you three did that with babies around. Impressive with a capital I!!!! You guys need to teach me how to get a kid to entertain themselves for more than 10 minutes.

  2. It’s easy when the littles play with each other…they keep each other entertained. And in all fairness, there were only 3 here. Annie left her littles with her husband. Today another friend is coming to learn how to make pickles…with her 3 children :) All I can say is thank heavens for the sandbox!

  3. Kris Mays says:


    Just so you know for future reference: It is not necessary to blanch green beans before freezing them. I have had excellent results washing and trimming my beans, drying them well and freezing them in bags raw.

    It sure saved me time this year, with all the other garden stuff I had to process. I am knee deep in green tomatoes right now. Fun!

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