How to Can Greenbeans

how to can green beans

There is nothing like fresh locally grown vegetables but you just can’t get them in the winter time.  Canning them is the next best thing.  Since it is a little late in the season I picked up half a bushel of green beans dirt cheap and spent my Saturday canning.  Now in the winter I will feel a little piece of summer and get a certain bit of satisfaction knowing I saved a lot of money. 


  • 1/2 bushel green beans
  • water
  • salt


  1. Boil Mason jars and lids in water for just a few minutes or put through dishwasher. Do not remove until ready to fill. Jars need to be warm when filling.
  2. Snap the vine end of the green beans.
  3. Rinse them well under cold water.
  4. Cut green beans into bite sized pieces but not until ready to boil and fill a pot with them 3/4 full. This is a bit time-consuming so I do not recommend letting your jars boil the whole time.
  5. Boil a large pot of water in a separate pot.
  6. Once water has come to a boil pour it over the green beans just covering your beans.
  7. Bring beans to a boil and take off heat immediately.
  8. Fill warm jars to 1 inch below top with beans and then the water from the beans.
  9. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to each jar.
  10. Remove lids from water and screw onto jars.
  11. Boil filled jars in water bath for 40 minutes after water has come to a boil. Make sure water covers jars at least 2 inches over top.
  12. Remove from water bath and let sit for 12 hours.
  13. You should start to hear the ping of jars sealing after 10 minutes or so but it could take hours for jars to seal so don’t fret.
  14. Check lids for give in the middle after 12 hours and if not sealed refrigerate beans and eat within 1 week.

***I highly recommend a canning kit complete with funnel, tongs, and magnet to get lids and jars in and out of boiling water.

Preparation time: 2 hour(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

ball canning kit



 Ball Utensil Set





water bath canner

Ball Water Bath Canner



jelly jar labels





Mason Jar Labels


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