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The rewards of my Memorial Day labors

Postby fastback65 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:48 pm

This is not meant to be a tutorial, however, I could probably do a step by step if anyone was interested. This is how my wife, Myrle07, and I spent Memorial Day.


The first step, and this is important, is to buy the beans already shelled. Great time saver and prevents me from cussing about shellin' them damn beans.
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Don't overcook, in fact, your not really "cooking" them at all. More like an extended blanching. Then pack the jars and add the liquid from the beans. When you get enough to load the canner, load the canner. We cook at 12lbs. for about 70 minutes. This is the actual cooking process.
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After the 70 minutes remove the heat source and let the pressure in the canner return to zero slowly. In other words, LEAVE THEM ALONE until the pressure drops all the way. If you remove the jiggler and drop the pressure rapidly, all the liquid in the jars, which is still pressurized, will be forced out of the jars and you will have a jar of dry beans. Not a good thing. If you did everything right, and why wouldn't you? this is what you will get.
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We did pretty good. We got 15 pints of Butter Beans and 17 pints of Peas per bushel.
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I can't remember who asked about canning meat, but Myrle said to post these pictures of some chicken she canned.
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Well, I have been told we will be canning more tomorrow. I can't wait. :|
If anyone has any questions, PM myrle07 or me and we will try to answer them.

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Re: The rewards of my Memorial Day labors

Postby HC5CA » Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:05 pm

Looks good Rick - buying the beans already shelled in the ONLY way to go in my opinion!
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Re: The rewards of my Memorial Day labors

Postby fastback65 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:58 pm

We did 3 more bushels of Butter Beans, and a bushel of squash Saturday. Monday, I am told we will be canning string beans and tomatoes. Life is good.
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Re: The rewards of my Memorial Day labors

Postby Doo Dah1 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:10 am

Uh, I have underground storage space available if y'all run out of room.
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Re: The rewards of my Memorial Day labors

Postby fastback65 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:17 am

We canned 26 quarts of butter beans and 17 pints of speckled butter beans yesterday. Today we are starting on tomatoes. Myrle ordered an All American 30 quart canner yesterday to save time. I guess we are going to can for a while to make up the cost of the canner. Oh well, Squash is coming in and the tomatoes will be ready in less than a week.
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Re: The rewards of my Memorial Day labors

Postby Redneck_Packrat » Fri May 08, 2015 8:05 pm

How long do you process the squash? (I'm presuming you're talking about yellow squash.) Can't find the instructions anywhere, I know I've done it and done it successfully but can't remember for how long...seems to me like it was 40 minutes but ...???

We're gonna have a LOT of it this year!
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