Here’s some of our green beans we’re putting up. Bethany and Benjamin came last week and she loved helping me snap them.
She had her own bowl to put her beans in and her own little bowl for the ends when she snapped them off. She sat for about 30 minutes in that little rocking chair just a workin’.
For anyone interested, here’s how Mother taught me to do beans, years and years ago.
First thing I do is bring them in from the garden and wash them in the sink. This is easy to do before I snap them cause they aren’t in such little pieces yet.
The next thing I do is sit and snap off the ends, then snap them in several bite sized lengths. It usually takes me about an hour to do a dishpan full. About the length of watching a Dr. Quinn or The Waltons:)
Next I cover them with water and put them on the stove. When they are hot thru and thru I pack them in either quart of pint jars that I have already placed in the canner. I put water in the canner, put the empty jars in and turn on the heat so they are hot when the hot beans are put inside.
Taking a rolling pin (mine’s flat on one end), I pack them down in the jars. Pour one teaspoon of salt per quart in each jar. Then pour in enough water to cover them.
Now place a clean lid and tighten with a ring. Sometimes I have to use a dish towel at this step cause everything is really heating up at this point. Place the canner lid on top and follow canning instructions.
I got a new canner this year cause the one I was using came over on the ark and had just quit. I had replaced parts and it still would not work so this year I found a huge canner for $65! I was so excited. It’s not too heavy for me to lift yet it holds 7 quarts or 10 pints!! Yea! (My other one only held 4 quarts that’s the one in the picture. This was my last time to use it.)
My canner says to put the lid on and when the little jiggler on top starts jiggling just time it for 20 minutes. How easy is that! Just be sure you don’t remove the lid or touch it for about an hour afterwards so it can cool down. I sometimes do this at night and just leave it till the next morning.
Then I leave my jars out for an entire day so I can admire my work! Ha! Believe me after all that, you will too!
Oh, yea, after you have let them set about 24 hours you can remove the rings and the lids will stay sealed. Then you can use the rings on your next batch. If your lids are not sealed they you can push on the top and it will kind of pop. That means it is not sealed. You will need to eat them then if they did not seal. Sometimes that happens on my tomatoes but not usually on the green beans.