Despite dried beans being a bit high in carbs I do use them sparingly in different recipes. They add protein and we all need protein. I like to can them in pint jars and use them in recipes. As you all know Mike loves his pinto and mixed beans. I usually make a large slow cooker of these for him each week and he enjoys them each evening with his dinner. He eats them the way the rest of us do a vegetable.
Canning dried beans is very easy. You will need a pressure canner again for this. I add bacon or ham to each jar for extra flavor. You will need 10 pint size jars (or 7 quart jars). Wash them and inspect rims for cracks or chips.
The night before put 2 quarts of dried beans into a large pot and cover with water. The water will need to be several inches over the top of the beans. Allow to sit overnight. The next morning you will heat and simmer for 30 minutes. I put bacon in the bottom of the jars and put the partially cooked beans into each jar. I put the beans in the jars without the liquid and save the broth to add after I am sure that I get all of the beans into the jars.
Next I like to add a small amount of dried onion to the top of each jar. Then add 1/2 teaspoon canning salt per pint jar (1 teaspoon per quart jar) and add liquid to half an inch from top of jar. Place lid and band on jar and place in canner. Add water to half an inch from top of canner. Place lid on pressure canner per manufacturer instructions and add 10 pound pressure on canner. Then place over high heat on stove top.
Once the 10 pound weight begins to jiggle process 75 minutes for pints (90 minutes for quarts). Remove from heat and allow pressure canner to naturally cool and release pressure. Do NOT attempt to assist with the canner releasing its pressure. You may become seriously burned.
Once the pressure is released from the canner you can use a jar lifter and remove jars from canner. Place on a towel to cool. You will hear a popping noise when jars begin to seal. This is normal and the result that you want. Allow them to cool and then remove bands and store in a cool dark place.
If any of the jars do not seal you can either repeat the process above or store in the refrigerator and consume within a few days. I only had one jar not seal this time. I am sure Mike will have no problem using these. 🙂
See how pretty they look in my pantry next to my low carb beef stew?
I have been slowly adding to my pantry. This is how it looks now. I hope to have it where I want it to be within the next month. Then I will begin working on my health and hygiene pantry. 🙂