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A white bowl of cooked green beans.

Leather Britches Green Bean Recipe

Melissa Norris
Learn how to cook up this old-fashioned preservation method for green beans. The addition of bacon, garlic, and sea salt makes this dish hearty and delicoius.
3.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 58 kcal


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 4 cups leather britches
  • 6 cups hot water
  • 1 slice bacon or salt pork
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt optional
  • 1 clove garlic minced (or more to taste), optional


  • Remove leather britches beans from string into a heat-proof stainless steel bowl.
  • Cover beans with hot water (enough to cover by a couple inches) and let soak for 2 hours, or until beans are soft and pliable.
  • Rinse beans well under running water.
  • Place beans into the insert pot of your pressure cooker and add water (enough to cover beans by 2 inches).
  • Chop bacon and mince garlic and add to the pot along with sea salt.
  • Set pressure cooker to high and cook for 20 minutes on high pressure, natural release for 15 minutes, followed by a manual release of any remaining pressure.
  • Remove beans to a bowl, taste and adjust seasonings. Enjoy!



Calories: 58kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 625mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 761IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Green Bean, Leather Britches
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