Dilly Beans

Dilly Green Beans

In a pickle making cooking class last night, we made dilly green beans. These are one of my favorite pickles.  I like pretty much any type of pickle, and I love green beans, so no surprises there. If you have an abundance of green beans, you might consider making a batch of these to enjoy year round.

These are great just eaten like other pickles, as a side. But they are also great added to a Bloody Mary- or so I am told. I also like to serve them as an appetizer with cheeses, crackers and olives.

While the recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes per jar- feel free to add more, for a spicier version.


Dilly Green Beans


4 lbs. table‑perfect whole green beans

1 3/4 t. crushed dried hot red pepper

3 1/2 t. dried dill seed or seven fresh dill heads

7 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled

5 c. vinegar

5 c. water

1/2 c. less 1 T. pickling salt


Wash beans thoroughly. Remove stems and tips, and cut them as much as possible in uniform lengths to allow them to stand upright in canning jar, coming to the shoulder of the jar. have jars clean and very hot, and lids and sealers ready in scalding water. In each jar place one dill head or 1/2 t. dill seed, add one garlic clove, and 1/4 t. crushed hot red pepper. Pack beans upright in jars, leaving 1 inch of head room. Heat together the water, vinegar and salt. When the mixture boils, pour it over the beans, filling each jar to 1/2 inch from the top. Run a plastic knife down and around to remove trapped air. Adjust lids, and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes, start timing after the water in the canner returns to a boil. Remove jars. …Wait at least 2 weeks for these beans to develop their flavor. Yield: 7 pints


Source: Putting Food By


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