Saturday, August 28, 2010

dilly beans

While we're preserving family recipes, Mr Renn wanted to be sure to get his grandma's dilly bean recipe.  All he wanted for his birthday a few years ago was a jar of them..... the ultimate pickled snack food.

So, with bean plants that are happy to produce for us, he's procured the recipe and is happy to share it with you.

Mary Ila's Dilly Beans

Wash the small, fresh green beans, leave beans whole except
take off the ends. 

dilly beans

 Make a brine of:
3 cups vinegar
3 cups water
6 tablespoons salt

Bring to a boil.

Place a generous layer of fresh dill, 1 small clove of garlic
and 1/4 tablespoon of mustard seed in bottom of
each clean pint jar.

dilly beans

Pack the beans into the clean jars, fill the jars to within
1/2 inch of the top with boiling brine.

Clean the top of jar, put caps on jars, screwing the band
firmily tight.

 Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath.
Make sure jars are covered with about 1 inch of water.

Beans will shrivel some after processing.  They will later
plump in sealed jar.

dilly beans

Store for at least 3 months before eating.  They need time to pickle!


hairyshoefairy said...

Oh, those sound and look so good. I always put vinegar on my green beans so having them pickled sounds awesome. Thanks for the recipe!

Camille Spence said...

These are so delicious. They used to feed these to me as a baby, and I've always loved them. I have a jar in the fridge now. So yummy. If you want them to be spicy, my mom and I have put one dried chili pepper in with the dill.

--jeff * said...

never heard of dilly beans before, but those sound really good....

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