WHY do we “snap” green beans?


Quart jars of pressure canned green beans... NOT snapped!

I was thinking…when I cook fresh green beans from our garden for us, all I do is cut or snap off the stem ends and steam the rest without breaking them into pieces. They look much prettier on the plate and… it saves considerable time, so why do I need to snap them into pieces to can them? I rebelled today! I just stuffed the jars as full as I could and only removed the stem ends. Maybe this will save you some time too!


  1. We do it, most likely, because our grandmothers did it. And for no other reason than that!

    Comment by Mark Duncan — August 27, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

  2. yolanda_breidenbaugh

    I’m sure you’re right about that. Many things we do without thinking about it are for the same reason! :)

    Comment by yolanda_breidenbaugh — October 8, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

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