But I digress. When I canned that jar I still wasn't happy with the procedure. I was canning directly how you are told to. Soak the beans. Cook for 30 minutes. Add beans to 1" from the top then fill with boiling water leaving 1" head space. Pressure can at 10lbs for 75 minutes for pints. It worked, but I had multiple lid failures. The liquid from boiling beans is thick and gummy. It can easily get under the lid and cause a failure. Also I often have lots of different kinds of beans from the garden and I don't want to have to cook each different kind individually in a pot. That is more little sauce pans that I own. Heck it is more burners than I have on my stove.
I had heard of people saying they just put dried beans in their jars and can them that way. I tried to find that, but didn't. I did find that you can soak the beans for the given amount of time and then can them. You fill the jar with a scant third full with soaked beans and then add boiling water with a 1" headspace. The problem that can cause is different beans have differing dryness and will absorb different amounts of water. Some people using this method have ended up with the liquid gone and the beans still dry on the top layer. Now I'm using home grown beans so you might be able to tell where this is going. Home grown beans are not the dried out little things you can buy in the store. When I cook with beans a recipe will say cook the beans for two hours. Well for me it is more like 30 minutes to an hour to make the beans soft.
Aren't they almost as pretty as the pickled onions I made two weeks ago? Jars should always be photographed with the morning light shinning through them. I get these photos through pure serendipity, not planning. I put the jars in the same spot to cool every time. I leave them there overnight. Then in the morning the light is streaming through the kitchen window. I never think to photograph them that way beforehand. I have photos of them from yesterday that are boring bean photos. Add morning light and you get such beauty. I felt sad about putting them in the pantry.
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