This is the high season of many tasty vegetables and legumes, including green beans, rich in essential nutrients for health. Throughout the summer, you can enjoy their taste and nutritious properties, and continue to do so by preserving them for winter. Below is a simple recipe for green beans in a jar.
Beans are a legume rich in plant fiber but low in calories. Eating green beans improves the digestive system, as they are very easy to digest. Beans are also rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C, K, B6, potassium, copper, silicon, calcium, etc. It also contains folic acid, which plays an important role in cell regeneration. Folic acid contributes to the formation of red blood cells.
Eating green beans offers a multitude of health benefits to the human body, so don’t hesitate to include beans in your daily menus. You can prepare it in the form of a salad with garlic bean sprouts, include it in soups and broths, as well as in low-fat dishes. And if you want to preserve it for the cold season, follow the list of ingredients and steps below.
Green beans in a jar for winter – Ingredients
- 1 kg green bean pods
- 250 g yellow onions
- 2-3 carrots
- 1 celery root with the stalk and leaves
- 5-6 garlic cloves
- 500 g bell peppers
- 750 g tomato paste or broth
- 300 ml sunflower oil
- 3 liters of water
- 1 tbsp pickling salt, iodine-free
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 1-2 sprigs thyme
Green beans in a jar for winter – Preparation
Start by preparing all the vegetables so you have them on hand when you turn on the stove. Wash the green bean pods in several cold waters. Remove the sharp ends and break into smaller pieces.
Clean the onion, rinse in cold water and chop finely. Peel the garlic and chop into round slices, and peel and grate the carrots. The celery can be finely chopped after cleaning or grated like the carrots. Wash the peppers, peel and dice. Wash the celery stalks and leaves and place them in a sieve to drain. Rinse the thyme sprigs and drain. When you have all these ingredients ready, you can start preparing the canned green beans.
Place a 5-liter pot on the stovetop with 3 liters of water in it. When the water starts boiling, add the salt and stir until diluted. Bring the water back to the boil and add the green bean pods. Add the celery leaves and the thyme sprigs.
Heat up the oil in a deep-frying pan. Add the onion and garlic and stir to gently sauté. When the onion turns translucent, add the carrots and celery root. Stir intensely to homogenize the mixture of ingredients.
Sauté for 5-6 minutes, then add the peppers and after another 5-6 minutes add the tomato paste. Add 1 cup of the boiling water with the bean pods. Let the sauce simmer on low heat until the pods are cooked through, then add the sautéed vegetables to the beans. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes, just long enough for all the flavors to blend. Taste the dish and season with salt and pepper.
Transfer the beans into sterilized jars while hot, but first remove the thyme sprigs and celery stalks. Place the celery leaves on top of the beans the jars. These will complete the delicious taste of the dish.
Close the jars tightly and place a few blankets over them. Leave the jars covered until they cool, then you can transfer them to the pantry labelled with the date of preparation. Canned green beans may be kept for up to 3 years if the jars are tightly sealed and stored in a cool place.