Canning Dried Beans: Planning Ahead for Fast and Easy Meals


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Canning dried beans at home makes them ready to use for fast weeknight dinners. Doing it yourself means you can skip the BPA-lined cans from the supermarket.

Have you ever come across some dried beans deep in the recesses of your kitchen cabinets? They are years old and you know they will take forever in the bean pot to soften but you try to make that bean soup anyway. After hours they are still a bit crisp and completely unpleasant to eat so you think of just tossing them to the compost.

But wait!

Canning dried beans at home makes them ready to use for fast weeknight dinners. Doing it yourself means you can skip the BPA-lined cans from the supermarket.

This happened to me just last week and thankfully I had this trick up my sleeve for canning dried beans in about five minutes prep time (plus 90 minutes of listening to the canner as I caught up in the kitchen). Yes, canning dried beans in the pressure cooker softens them like a dream, making

The only catch is that you must pressure can them instead of water bath canning them. The lack of acidity in beans means water bath canning does not do a sufficient job in preserving them.

Canning dried beans in the pressure cooker (no soak method)

Gather

  • 7 quart jars
  • 3 pounds dried beans
  • filtered water
  • 7 canning lids + rings

Canning dried beans at home makes them ready to use for fast weeknight dinners.

Instructions

Divide the dried beans among the seven quart jars. This should fill the jars each to just shy of 1.5 cups.

Pour room temperature water over your beans, leaving about 3/4 of an inch of head space. Carefully fasten the lids and rings. Fill your pressure canner with water as indicated by the manufacturer’s instructions.

Canning dried beans in a pressure canner.

Move the filled jars to the canner and fasten the lid to the canner. Turn the heat on high under the canner and allow the canner to heat up until the top begins to steam out. Set a timer to allow the canner to steam out for ten minutes.

Canning dried beans at home makes them ready to use for fast weeknight dinners. Doing it yourself means you can skip the BPA-lined cans from the supermarket and still have a well-stocked pantry.

Once ten minutes have passed, place the weight on the canner and allow the pressure to begin to build in the canner. Let the pressure build to 10 pounds (15 pounds if your elevation is above 6500 feet). Process at this pressure for 90 minutes for quarts or 75 minutes for pints.

Once the process time is complete, turn the burner off and leave the canner to depressurize on its own. Only when the canner’s pressure has completely come down to zero should you remove the weight. The jars can then be lifted carefully from the canner and placed on a towel to cool and dry.

Leave jars to cool completely (and seal!) before moving. Remove the rings before storing in a cool, dry place. Use as you would canned beans from the grocery store.

Note for the lectin-free crowd: Pressure canning dried beans is recommended for reducing the lectins in beans. This method of canning dried beans fits with what Dr. Gundry suggests in The Plant Paradox.

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About Shannon Stonger

Shannon Stonger is the founder of the blog Nourishing Days, where she shares her family's journey towards sustainability. She is the author of the sourdough baking book 100% Rye and released Traditionally Fermented Foods in May 2017. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and lives with her husband, five children, and various farm animals on their five-acre homestead in Texas.

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