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Old 08-13-2015, 12:00 PM   #1
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Canning green beans with a pressure cooker

I have a standard pressure cooker, would it be ok to use to can green beans, or do I need a canning pressure cooker?

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Old 08-13-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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They're two different animals. Pressure cookers aren't used for canning.
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Thanks, that answers that.
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My first thought was, "Why not, if you can get the pressure to the required level?" But, I figured I would ask Mr. Google and I found an excellent explanation here:

National Center for Home Food Preservation | NCHFP Publications
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Try pickled Dilly beans in a waterbath or steam canner. Love them! They last for years and are delicious.
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Try pickled Dilly beans in a waterbath or steam canner. Love them! They last for years and are delicious.
Yup, once they have been made acidic enough, they don't need the pressure canning. Hot water bath canning is good enough. A tested recipe would be best for safety. I wouldn't know how much acid was needed.
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taxy, the site you linked to earlier has a lot of tested recipes: http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_06/dilled_beans.html
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Canning green beans with a pressure cooker

I use Ball's Blue Book recipe. My grandma made pickled green beans that would set your teeth on edge. I still aspire to that.

GG, that recipe is very similar to BBB.
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My first thought was, "Why not, if you can get the pressure to the required level?" But, I figured I would ask Mr. Google and I found an excellent explanation here:

National Center for Home Food Preservation | NCHFP Publications
and what that site actually says is:

the methods/times/recipes/etc presented on that (and similar) sites are not intended for pressure cookers which are generally smaller and will have different timing requirements.

so, can a pressure cooker be used to can? yes. but . . . .

unless one is doing a very small quantity - like one or two jars - a Mark I Mod 0 pressure cooker is impractical.
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and what that site actually says is:

the methods/times/recipes/etc presented on that (and similar) sites are not intended for pressure cookers which are generally smaller and will have different timing requirements.

so, can a pressure cooker be used to can? yes. but . . . .

unless one is doing a very small quantity - like one or two jars - a Mark I Mod 0 pressure cooker is impractical.
The problem doesn't seem so much to be if it could theoretically be done safely as the fact that there aren't any tested canning times for the smaller pressure cookers.
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