time between picking and canning green beans
Can anyone give advice on how long your green beans can sit (refrigerated) before you can them? If you don't wash or trim them, are they OK refrigerated for a day or more or will quality decrease considerably? Could you wash and trim them, dry off briefly and put them back in the fridge until you get enough? I'm slow at washing and trimming so I'm wondering if I do that a day before canning.
I picked about 9# this morning, but will probably get another 5 or 6# tomorrow, enough to make a full canner load of qts.
I have never pressure canned green beans before, this will be my first try. I need to do a trial run w/ water in the jars tonight to make sure I will understand the process. Also, I haven't ordered my 3-piece weight set yet, (need to do that) so I will be using the dial-gauge as my guide.
If I don't feel comfortable with the process, I guess I will just blanch and freeze this batch and keep practicing.