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Pressure canning beans: beans sit above the liquid after canning

Posted by JessicaInOhio Ohio (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 16, 12 at 12:49

Hi. I tried pressure canning for the first time last night. I did garbanzo beans and followed the USDA recipe. The recipe calls for filling up the jars with beans (1 in headspace) and then covering the beans with liquid.

After pressure canning I noticed that the beans had soaked up some of the liquid and now some of them are sitting above the liquid line. Is that normal/right/safe?


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RE: Pressure canning beans: beans sit above the liquid after cann

Safe? Yes, assuming all the jars sealed well and were processed properly. Which rehydrating process did you use? The results differ. The overnight soak means the beans will absorb less when canned.

Normal? Not really as it can be avoided with practice and gives better results since the beans will be liquid covered and won't darken with time so less waste.

Some of the liquid loss is due to siphoning and some from over-filling the jars. Siphoning is a heat control issue - avoiding fluctuations in the heat and pressure - and that takes practice.

The rest is resolved by only filling the jar about 3/4 full - just below the jar shoulders - of rehydrated beans and the rest with liquid. That way they still absorb some but leave enough to still cover the beans.

It also varies with the type and size of bean.


RE: Pressure canning beans: beans sit above the liquid after cann

Thanks, Dave. I did have a little trouble maintaining steady pressure. It was up at 15 for a while before I could keep it at a steady 11 psi. And it sounds like I need to put fewer beans in too.

Practice, practice! I'm glad I started out with something cheap!

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