|3 pounds||To 5 lb in pods Makes 1 quart|
You'll need all the basic equipment for steam pressure canning to can your lentils.
1. Choose only young tender lentils.
2. Organize and prepare equipment and work area.
3. Wash, drain, and shell lentils. Wash again.
4. COLD PACK: Pack lentils loosely into hot jars to within 1 inch of tops of pint jars, 1-½ inches of tops of quarts. Don't press down or shake lentils to pack more in the jars. They need space to expand as they cook. If desired, add ½ teaspoon salt to pint jars, 1 teaspoon salt to quarts. Pour in boiling water to within 1 inch of tops of jars. HOT PACK: Cook lentils in just enough boiling water to cover for 3 minutes. Pack lentils into hot jars to within 1 inch of tops. Add ½ teaspoon salt to pint jars, 1 teaspoon to quarts, if desired. Pour in boiling water to within 1 inch of tops of jars.
5. Run a slim, non metal tool down along the inside of each jar to release air bubbles. Add more boiling liquid to fill to within 1 inch of tops.
6. Wipe tops and threads of jars with a damp clean cloth.
7. Put on lids and screw bands as manufacturer directs.
8. Process at 10 pounds pressure, 55 minutes for pints, 1 hour and 5 minutes for quarts. Follow manufacturer's directions for your canner.
9. Follow basic steps for steam pressure canning, 10 through 24.
Source: Vegetable Gardening Encyclopedia Typos by Dorothy Flatman 1995 Submitted By DOROTHY FLATMAN On 10-06-95
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