How to Can Dry Beans

Have you ever wondered how to can dry beans?  You can very inexpensively can dry beans so they will be readily available for use in your favorite dish or recipe.  You will be surprised how easy and simple it is to can your own dry beans. We guarantee once you learn how to do this for yourself, you won’t ever buy canned beans from a store again.

Beans are one of those staples in the pantry of many households. A large of supply of different dry beans is a good addition to your pantry but if you don’t plan ahead, having dry beans doesn’t do you much good.  Typically you have to soak your beans overnight and then you have to cook them throughout the following day.  There is a quick soak method where you basically soak them in boiling water and this helps the process move along a little bit faster.

But there’s nothing more convenient than being able to pull a can of beans right out of your pantry.  And when it costs next to nothing due to how inexpensive dry beans are, this is really a no brainer.  Also many pressure canners allow you to stack your jars during processing.  This allows you to be able to can 20 pints of beans during one canning session making this a cost-effective way to process your beans.

While there are several ways to can beans.  We prefer the dry can method.  This method doesn’t require any presoaking or cooking of the beans prior to canning. You do have to pressure can beans and they are not something that can be water bath canned.  Don’t be discouraged or intimidated by this as pressure canning doesn’t have to be complicated.

How to Can Dry Beans

Learn how to can your dry beans using the no soak method!

Author Sunup to Sundown

Ingredients

  • Dried beans (pinto, great northern, black, kidney, etc.)
  • Water
  • Pint or Quart sized mason jars with lids and rings
  • A pressure canner

Instructions

  1. Measure out ½ cup of beans for every pint jar.  

  2. Rinse beans. Remove and discard any rocks, pebbles, or foreign objects. 

  3. Prepare your clean canning jars. You do not need to sterilize these jars as you are pressure canning. 

  4. Put ½ teaspoon of canning salt into each jar. 

  5. Measure out ½ cup of your rinsed beans and place in each jar.  We used pint jars.   

  6. Fill jars with hot water and leave a 1 inch headspace. 

  7. Wipe each jar rim with vinegar.

  8. Apply lid and ring to each jar.

  9. Process pint jars for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Process quart jars for 1 hour and 30 minutes.  

  10. After canner has depressurized and completely cooled. Remove jars from canner. 

  11. Wash, label and prepare jars for pantry storage. 

Recipe Notes

You will need to adjust your pressure depending on your altitude.  We have to process at 11 pounds since we are under 2,000 ft in elevation. 

Having a well-stocked pantry will help with making homemade meals both easy and quick for your family.  Some people freeze their cooked beans and this works too.  We prefer to have our food stored in different ways and do not like to rely solely on our freezer.

This is mainly due to not having very much freezer space for beans.  Our freezer space is dedicated to meat, vegetables, fruits and other meal prep ingredients.  Also it can take a lot longer for beans to thaw out from the freezer.  So again if you don’t plan ahead than you are faced with having to quickly thaw out beans from your freezer.

If you have canned beans in your pantry, you have one more weapon in your arsenal when it comes to getting homemade food on your family table. Also in the event of a power outage, you most likely will still have an alternate heat source such as a gas or wood stove, BBQ burner, or camp stove.  Therefore even in a pinch, you can make up some re-fried beans, hummus, chili or other bean dish.

We’d love to hear what you think about this recipe.  We’d also love to hear if you have your own pantry recipes that you enjoy.  Let us know in the comments below. Thank you for stopping by and visiting Sunup to Sundown!  We’ll be back soon with another recipe or update regarding our garden or our journey to becoming more self-reliant.

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24 thoughts on “How to Can Dry Beans

  • I have been canning for years but never dry beans. Will be trying out your recipe tomorrow. Looking forward to it. Thanks.

    • That is awesome Gisele! It has been a total game changer and takes so much time out of canning beans. They turn out perfectly and it’s so nice to have them on our pantry shelf. Let us know what you think!

  • So glad to find this! I canned dry beans with my cousin ( who has since passed away). We only did it once and I could never find how we did it again. I am brand new to canning so this should be easy if I can figure out the canner!

    • Hi Terri, we are so glad to hear this. We love canning our own dry beans. You can buy them for relatively inexpensive and then can up batches of one kind of bean or multiple kinds of beans in a jiffy. It’s really great to have these staples to put on your pantry shelf! Happy Canning!

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thank you for your inquiry. We typically do 1 cup of dry beans for each quart jar. Follow the same instructions, except increase your salt if you prefer to 1 teaspoon instead of ½ teaspoon, fill jars with hot water leaving a 1 inch headspace and process for 90 minutes instead of 75 minutes. We hope this recipe works out for you.

  • I have a canner that just does 5, 10, and 15 lbs of pressure. Since you’re doing 11 lbs, I’m guessing that I would use 10 lbs. I’m not high altitude. Quarts 90 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure?

    • Hi Amy, yes 10 lbs of pressure should work fine. You process pints and quarts at the same pressure just quarts for longer. Pints for 75 minutes and quarts for 90 minutes. We just canned more beans today. Happy canning!

      • For how long the beans can be storage? One year or more than that?

      • Hi Simone,

        Most people say unopened home canned goods have a shelf life of one year and should be used within 2 years. If you ask any canner, they will tell you they have had canned foods that last many more years than that are still good. You just need to be sure to check your lids regularly to ensure they still have a good seal. Also when you open any foods, you make sure that they appear and smell good.

        Here is a link to an article from the Utah State University Extension Office about this:
        https://extension.usu.edu/foodstorage/howdoi/canned

        Happy Canning!

  • Have you canned black soy beans? I recently bought a bag of dried since the canned are close to $3 each!

    • Hi Jo,

      Honestly, I don’t know if anyone has home canned black soy beans yet. But if they’re a dried bean, I don’t see why not. I’ve canned lots of different sized and types of beans. Please let us know if you try it so we know in the future!

    • Hi Kelly,

      Unfortunately there is no way to can beans without a pressure canner.

      Thanks for your question.

  • Can you can the beans without the salt? My father’s on a little to no salt diet and I’m trying to find an alternative to store bought canned beans

    • Hi Lee, YES you can absolutely can the beans without salt! It is optional and personal preference for some. Thank you for your question.

    • Hi Pegge,

      Yes, we’ve added other spices and seasonings just depending on how the beans will be used or served. The possibilities are endless! Just add whatever spices or seasonings you prefer!

    • Hi Julie,

      You would just want to research the pressure cooking time for whatever type of meat you add so that it doesn’t get overcooked if you can it with beans. Typically, we can beans and meat separately and then just combine them later when making a dish. However, many people can soups or other dishes with vegetables, meat, and beans and have found this to be successful.

      Good luck and happy canning!

    • Hi Teresa,

      Unfortunately there is no way to can beans without a pressure canner. If you didn’t have this option, you can keep dry beans on hand and cook them as needed and store any extra in the freezer.

      Thanks for your question.

  • Hi Sunup to Sundown, in your directions you have 1 hour 15 minutes for pints and in the reply to Amy, you have 75 minutes. Just wondering how long I should do pints. Many thanks.

    • Hi JoAnna,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Yes the directions are correct for pint jars you process them for 1 hour and 15 minutes which is the same as 75 minutes. Good luck canning your beans!

      Thank you,
      Ashley Bilyeu

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