This past summer I picked up a load of green and wax beans from my Aunt’s garden. Not knowing what else to do with ’em, I took a nod from Marisa of the fantastic canning blog Food in Jars and went for Dilly Beans — an old fashioned pickled treat. Lucky for me, the finished product was buried so deep in my pantry that I couldn’t be tempted to break in early. After a full four months (three, even, would have probably sufficed) I opened a jar for the first time. Verdict? AMAZING. My boyfriend and I literally ate the whole jar within an hour — well before we finished anything else on the associated cheese plate. Even better news: NO BOTULISM! So go ahead, have some fun. Dilly those beans.
- Wide mouth pint jars or 12 oz. jelly jars
- Other associated canning supplies*
- String beans (a combo of green and wax is nice!)
- Garlic cloves (2 per jar)
- Split hot chili pepper – fresh or dried (1 per jar)
- 1 tsp dill seed (per jar)
- 1 tsp kosher salt (per jar)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne (per jar)
- 1/4 tsp celery seed (per jar)
- 1/4 tsp black peppercorns (per jar)
- fresh dill
- white vinegar
- Sanitize jars.*
- Trim string beans so that when stuffed upright in jar they are about 1 inch from the top.
- Fill jars while still warm with string beans, garlic cloves, split chili pepper, dill seed, salt, cayenne, celery seed, peppercorns and a spring of fresh dill.
- For each jar you’ve filled, add 1 cup water and 1 cup white vinegar to a large pot. Once boiling, pour the hot brine over your beans leaving 1/2 inch headspace at the top of each jar.
- Run a chopstick or whatever you have on hand around the outside of the jar to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims very clean with a paper towel to ensure a clean seal.
- Apply warmed lids, screw on bands, and process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.*
- They’re ready to eat basically immediately, and will last about a year in your pantry.
*I’ve never bothered to put together a nice primer on canning but they are certainly available out there. For something comprehensive, try the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning – it’s a bible of sorts. Alternatively, here’s a quick and simple Canning 101 from Simple Bites!