How to Can Beans (and Peas), the USDA Way

With a little help from the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, you'll discover that canning beans is far from difficult. In fact, it's a real a snap!



Green Beans
The end of bean season doesn't have to be such a bummer. With a little help from the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, learn to can beans and you'll extend the lifetimes of all your favorite legumes!
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Beans Peas Process Times
After soaking and boiling your dried/shelled beans or peas per the USDA's instructions, you'll need to process them in a pressure canner. Listed above are the recommended process times for dial-gauge and weighted-gauge pressure canners.
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Snap Italian Beans Process Times
Italian beans are not only a tasty alternative to the common green bean, but they require significantly less time to process than many of their bean brethren. Follow the process times recommended above.
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Lima Beans Process Times
Lima beans can be pressure canned using either hot or raw packing. Note that the process times for each style of packing, however, are the same.
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Beans With Tomato or Molasses Sauce
If you want to can some yummy baked beans, you'll need to use a molasses sauce.  Follow the process times recommended above, for molasses sauce, and tomato sauce, which is good for preserving unbaked, dry and savory beans.
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