25lbs Pinto Beans...What to do?

I had a 25 pound bag of Pinto Beans.  This is what I did with them.
The 25 pound bag made 42 quarts of canned Pinto Beans, 10 quarts Chili and enough Chili to feed our family for two big meals.

How to Can Pinto Beans
Dry beans can only be canned in a pressure canner.
- Soak beans over night in large bowl or container.  Use a container much larger than you think you will need.
- Drain beans.
- Place 3 cups soaked beans into 1 quart jar.
- Add 1 teaspoon salt.
- Pour boiling water on top of beans, with 1 inch head-space.
- Wipe jar rims clean.
- Boil canning lids
- Place lids onto jars and screw on rings.
- Place 7 jars into pressure canner adding water as directed by canner instructions.
- Pressure can for 90 minutes at 10 pounds pressure.
- Cool down canner and remove jars.
- Cool and clean jars.  Store in a cool, dark place.

We love to have canned Pinto Beans available for off the shelf use.  Our teenage son especially likes to have them available to make bean dip or bean burritos.  Your kids might like them too.  We all do.


PlateauGardener said…
Thanks for the tutorial! I have bags of dried beans that need to be canned. Maybe this will be the incentive I need.
Anonymous said…
Hi, I always cook my beans in a small pressure cooker. I start with dry beans, add water up to 3/4 of the way and cook 90 minutes after they come up to pressure. They turn out great every time with out soaking. So, I thought I'd try canning them this way and it worked great. I put 1 cup of dry pinto beans in each quart jar. I added 1/2 t. salt and 1 T. chili powder. I filled the jars with hot water and placed them in my 7 qt. canner that had the usual amount of water added when I can (about 1/5 to 1/4 full). I brought them up to pressure and then reduced heat a bit, cooking them 90 minutes. They were perfect right out of the jar.
Teresa said…
I like to cook my beans in a crock pot. Can I take those cooked beans and then can them this way?
Kristine said…
Yes, Teresa, you can cook the beans however you like then can them following the directions.

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