Thursday, July 19, 2012

What to do with that bean harvest....Dilly Beans

Big Time Bean Harvest??

If you're searching for ways to prepare your string beans, here's what I consider THE BEST recipe for large quantities of beans. It requires a water bath canning process. If you are new to canning or have questions, feel free to contact me. I have been canning for almost 50 years and have plenty of experience and information that I can share with you.

Dilly Beans
2 pounds trimmed green beans
1/4 cup kosher salt
4 heads dill
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 1/2 cups vinegar
2 1/2 cups distilled water

Pack beans, lengthwise, into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. To each pint jar, add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 clove of garlic and 1 head of dill. Combine remaining ingredients into large non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Pour boiling, hot liquid over beans leaving 1/4 inch head space. Remove air bubbles with plastic knife. Adjust caps. Process pints for 10 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield: about 4 pints.

Lois Fischer

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