How to Can Green Beans with a Pressure Cooker

If you have an abundance of green beans from your garden or find fresh green beans cheap at the grocery store, it is incredibly easy to can them with a pressure cooker.

Choose Your Beans

Wash and sort your beans as you want to can only those that are fresh, plump and filled out. You need about a pound for each pint or two pounds for each quart.

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Wash the Beans

Turn on the cold water in the kitchen sink and wash the beans. Cut off the ends of the beans.

Bring Water to a Boil

Place three quarts of water into a large stock pan. Bring the water to a boil.

Prepare Your Jars

Place your canning jars in a large pot of water, and bring it to a boil. After the water boils, continue boiling the jars for 10 minutes.

Prepare the Lids

Place the lids in a pan of water. Boil them for 10 minutes.

Place Water in Pressure Canner

Make sure to follow your manufacturer’s directions. Generally, you will want to fill the pressure cooker with three quarts of warm water.

Add Vinegar

Add two tablespoons of vinegar to the water. This stops water stains on the jars.

Maintain Water Temperature

Set the pressure cooker on the stove. Turn the heat on to medium so that the water stays warm.

Pack the Green Beans

Remove one jar from the hot water using tongs. Pack in the green beans until only one inch remains at the top of the jar.

Cover with Water

Pour boiling water from the large stock pan over the green beans. Make sure all beans are covered, and there is one inch of space at the top of the jar.

Remove Air Bubbles

Slide a plastic knife down the inside of the jar to remove any air bubbles. Ensure you have one inch at the top and all beans are covered with water.

Wipe Jar Top

Use a clean cloth to wipe the top of the jar. Place on a lid only tightening with your fingers.Place in Pressure CookerUse a jar lifter to place the jars in the hot water in the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cook Beans

Place the lid on the pressure cooker. Turn up the heat until a steady flow of steam is coming through the vent.

Set the Pressure

Set the pressure gauge to 10 pounds and attach to the pressure cooker. Once the gauge begins to rock, cook the beans for 20 minutes for pints and 25 minutes for quarts.


Stop and wait until the pressure returns to zero. Remove the jars to a clean towel and wait until you hear the jars pop.