|2,001 - 4,000 ft: 12 lb.|
|4,001 - 6,000 ft: 13 lb.|
|6,001 - 8,000 ft: 14 lb.|
|Above 1,000 ft: 15 lb.|
Quantity: An average of 5 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 3-¼ pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints--an average of ¾ pounds per quart.
Quality: Select mature, dry seeds. Sort out and discard discolored seeds.
Procedure: Place dried beans or peas in a large pot and cover with water. Soak 12 to 18 hours in a cool place. Drain water. To quickly hydrate beans, you may cover sorted and washed beans with boiling water in a saucepan. Boil 2 minutes, remove from heat, soak 1 hour and drain. Cover beans soaked by either method with fresh water and boil 30 minutes. Add ½ teaspoon of salt per pint or 1 teaspoon per quart to the jar, if desired. Fill jars with beans or peas and cooking water, leaving 1-inch headspace.
Adjust lids and process as recommended in Table 1 or Table 2 according to the method of canning used.
Table 1. Recommended process time for Beans or Peas in a dial-gauge pressure canner.
Style of Pack: Hot. Jar Size: Pints, Quarts. Process Time: 75 minutes for Pints, 90 minutes for Quarts. Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of 0 - 2,000 ft: 11 lb.
Table 2. Recommended process time for Beans or Peas in a weighted-gauge pressure canner. Style of pack: Hot. Jar Size: Pints, Quarts. Process Time: 75 minutes for Pints, 90 minutes for Quarts. Canner pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of 0 - 1,000 ft: 10 lb.
======================================================= === * USDA Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539 (rev. 1994) * Meal-Master format courtesy of Karen Mintzias
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