Okay to can dry beans?

Asked February 1, 2020, 9:18 PM EST

Is it safe to can dry beans by starting with the dried beans in the jar? Is there a tested recipe for that? Thank you, Stephanie Blanchard

Clackamas County Oregon food safety home food preservation

1 Response

Hi Stephanie,

Good question! Effective pressure canning and heat penetration is very highly dependent on the density and moisture content of the food. For these reasons, there is a soaking/cooking process of dried beans that is required prior to pressure canning. (It would be way easier to throw them in a can with some water, but it just won't work.)

Here are the recommendations from OSU Extension to prepare and pressure can your dried beans: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/documents/8836/sp50955driedbeans.pdf

Best of luck with your processing!

Joy