After learning how to determine how many green beans you will need for your family’s yearly needs in Planning to Can Green Beans to Sustain Your Family For A Year: How Many Green Beans Do We Need?, you will need to determine how many jars you will need. There may be some initial cost to purchasing jars lids and other items for canning but we will explore ways to cut those costs and for the most part, these items are all one-time purchases. You will be able to use the items for years and years.
How Many Jars Do You Need to Can Enough Green Beans for a Year?
Quart canning jars hold 32 oz while pint jars hold 16. Using the figures we developed in the planning stage, our meals require 24 oz ea. In this example, you would need approx 80 quart jars or 160 pint jars. Frugal living necessitates planning your menu so that you can combine your leftovers from the first meal of the week with additional beans for the second meal of the week.
What Other Supplies Will You Need to Can Green Beans?
How Do I Find These Items Frugally?
There are a number of ways to acquire the supplies needed: jars, two-piece lids, pressure cooker, jar tongs and jar funnel. These often go on sale at the end of the canning season in many stores. Another way to get large quantities of jars inexpensively is to seek out yard/garage sales. Many websites will allow you to post requests for items to buy inexpensively, barter for or even for free such as Freecyle.org. Check your local paper or trading magazines. Talk to people you know. Often they will know of someone who no longer wishes to can due to age or illness that might be willing to donate them to you.
An important note about the lids – the bands can be reused but the lids must be new each time to ensure a complete seal during the canning process.
The pressure cooker should be large enough to hold 5 to 7 jars at a time and be in good working order. Perhaps a family member or friend can loan you one as these are fairly pricey items. Another option would be to split the cost of one with one or more people and share the use of it.
Jar funnels and jar tongs are also handy but not absolutely necessary. These are relatively inexpensive items but can also be located through other means much like the jars. If you do not have a jar funnel, you will need to be sure to wipe the rim of the jars clean when filling them to remove food spills that could prevent a proper seal. If you do not have a jar tongs for removing the jars from the canner after processing, you will need to wait until the jars have completely cooled before trying to handle them.
For the next step, read my article Planning to Can Green Beans to Sustain Your Family for a Year for the canning process.
Source: Personal Experience