One thing we had lots of last year were green beans. (Lots and lots and lots.)
So one thing we did to preserve our harvest was make Dilly Beans!
When I heard the term "dilly beans" for the first time a couple of years ago, this is what I thought of:
Bite sized dilly bar treats, the size of jelly beans. (I understand DQ doesn't exist in some parts.. but I think most of us are familiar with the dilly bar, right?)
I was wrong. They are pickled green beans.
My other half LOVES pickles. He could easily eat a quart of them a day.
My efforts years ago in making dill pickles wasn't a big success. I was out in the garden picking cucumbers every morning, just right for baby dills. I canned all that hot July. And... well, the outcome just wasn't a hit. Mitch is choosy about his pickles, this is one of the first things I learned when we got married. I've never made homemade pickles again.
But Dilly Beans - Big thumbs up! Perfect crunchiness! A little bite of flavor!
He declares it's the best way to eat a green bean!
2 1/2 pounds fresh green beans
2 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
2 cups water
1/4 cup salt
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 bunch fresh dill
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Trim green beans to 1/4 inch shorter than your jars.Sterilize 6 (half pint) jars with rings and lids.
- In a large saucepan, stir together the vinegar, water and salt. Add garlic and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. In each jar, place 1 sprig of dill and 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Pack green beans into the jars so they are standing on their ends.
- Ladle the
boiling brine into the jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the tops.
Discard garlic. Seal jars with lids and rings.
Place in a hot water bath so jars are covered by 1 inch of water.
Simmer but do not boil for 10 minutes to process.
Cool to room temperature. Test jars for a good seal by pressing on the center of the lid.
Refrigerate any jars that do not seal properly.
Let pickles ferment for 2-3 weeks before eating.
(I think Mitch may have started eating ours right away.)
What's growing in your neck of the woods?