A canning issue
I canned dilly beans today. While they came out fine, I ran into an issue that has come up before.
The canning directions say to cut the beans slightly shorter than the jar height, and stack them vertically. But that is impossible to do without a great deal of waste, because your beans aren't going to be exactly 1X, 2X, etc. the height of the jar.
So I cut my beans relatively sort, no more than 1/2 the height of the pint jar, and jam them in any which way. I have learned that I need to push down hard and try to fill every possible air gap between the beans.
But even when I do all of this, it still take about twice as much of the vinegar mixture as the recipe calls for to cover them sufficiently.
It could be that the recipe is wrong, but I have no reason to think so. When I can the beans, they wind up floating in the vinegar mix with an obvious gap at the bottom of each jar.
How do you manage to minimize the amount of vinegar mix you use to can beans? Can you get rid of most of the air pockets?
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