Dilly Beans

Friday we finally got around to making Dilly Beans. Here's the recipe, ala Ball Blue Book, as translated by moi.

Dilly Beans
(as stated in the recipe)
Yield: about 4 pints or 2 quarts

2 pounds green beans
1/4 cup canning salt
2 1/2 cups vinegar
2 1/2 cups water
1 tsp cayenne pepper, divided
4 cloves garlic
4 heads dill

We sextupled the recipe, so we used:
12 pounds green beans
1 1/2 cups salt
15 cups vinegar (we used white vinegar so that the vinegar wouldn't color the beans)
15 cups water
6 teaspoons cayenne pepper, divided
30 cloves garlic (2 per quart)
1/4 and 1/8 tsp dried dill per jar (We also divided a package of fresh dill--can never get that stuff to grow!-- amongst the 15 quart jars)

The recipe is as follows:
Trim ends off green beans. Combine salt, vinegar, and water in large pot. Bring to a boil. Pack beans lengthwise into [hot] jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Add 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 clove garlic and 1 head dill to each pint jar. Add 1/2 tsp cayenne (we used a scant 1/4tsp per quart since I'm not a big spicy food person), 2 cloves garlic, and 2 heads dill per quart jar. Ladle hot liquid over beans, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes for both pints and quarts.

Here are the jars, packed with dry ingredients.

Our batch was about 12 pounds of green beans. The recipe of sextupled vinegar mix filled enough for 12 cans (unfortunately our batch of beans filled 15 jars...so we had to remake the vinegar mix in order to fill our jars)

The sealed jars (except for one, which remained unsealed, even after reprocessing...)

All of the jars 'popped' but one--so we stuck that one in the fridge. I'm not sure how long it'll keep for. Pickles don't really taste right until they've had a week or two to sit, though...so I'm hoping they'll be ok for that long!

We flipped the jars over to make sure the vinegar got to the tops of the beans.

The next day, we inverted the jars to make sure that even the beans poking out the top of the vinegar solution would get well-covered and pickled. Later that day I flipped them back over to upright.

I can't wait to taste the jar in the fridge--they look pretty good...


    On August 2, 2009 at 7:13 PM Anonymous said...

    So these are the famous dilly beans I've been hearing so much about :-) I did pickled beans last week, and the recipe was somewhat similar - but not exactly... I used less dill and no garlic, and a bit more cayenne pepper. I'll have to do a jar or two with your recipe - I love garlic and green beans. How do you use them with meals?


    Yeah, that daggumbed satellite connection delayed my post for a few days. :-) I'm thinking beans in pasta salad and potato salad primarily...maybe appetizers for Thanksgiving and Christmas.. I can definitely see them on an antipasti tray.

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