April 21, 2011

Canning Navy Beans

I have had this cookbook for at least 28 years. It is one of the ones I was given or bought just before I got married and one that I recommend highly! "More-With-Less Cookbook" has lots of recipe suggestions by the Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world's food resources!

I took some time perusing through this cookbook yesterday. I was looking for a specific bread recipe, but I came across a hint typed in an upper corner of page 299 which states:

"Often when I want to use beans I don't have them soaked and ready, so I can 7 quarts at a time in my pressure canner. Soak 7 pounds of navy beans overnight. In the morning divide the beans into 7 quart jars, add 1 teaspoon of salt to each jar and fill to the neck with water. Process in the pressure canner for 1 hour at 10 pounds of pressure. Beans are ready for soups, baked beans or whatever you want."
Submitted by ~A. Beachy, IN~

So now I have to try this....  I thought I'd share the idea in case any of you would like to go on a food adventure too! I won't make too many up ahead, but 7 quarts would be OK! I wonder how they'd be in a cold 3 bean salad?? Are any of you ALREADY doing this? How do the beans come out??

For other ideas check out "Simple Lives Thursday" hosted by Sustainable Eats and 4 other blogs! Each Thursday you'll find this blog hop hosting lots of ideas from all over the globe!


Anonymous said...

I have been doing this for years with pinto beans to use in cooking or for refried beans. We love it. It makes a large amount of beans. I use 2 large bowls to soak the beans and usually end up with 2 rounds in the canner. My family hates store bought beans now.

Michelle said...

Nice Post! I haven't tried this but have been reading Country Beans & Natural Meals in Minutes by Rita Bingham. She has a lot of bean cooking ideas. I think I will have to try canning both plain beans & soups with beans. Seems like a great time to get stocked up on anything!

Thanks for sharing this!

Melanie said...

I'm planning on trying this with black beans, navy beans and probably the pinto beans too, in separate jars of course! Maybe if I do a pound of each bean (since they are similar in size) then I can fill a canner just once for a try at all these beans! I'll let you all know how they turn out! :)

Michelle said...

I like your idea of trying the variety in one canning session. I am thinking seriously of buying 25 lbs of organic beans after reading your post.