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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dilly Beans


Dilly Beans! Either you are salivating right now or wondering what in the heck I'm talking about.

I, too, didn't know what Dilly Beans were until recently. My husband and I bought a jar of them from a local farmer (who has a certified kitchen and can sell her canned goods) and were hooked.

Dilly Beans are basically a dill pickled green bean. I've tasted two kinds: a regular pickled-type, and a very spicy picked type. Both were very good, but the spicy was awesome.

And since we grow oodles of green beans, I decided to try making them this year.

I perused my canning cookbooks and found two recipes. I decided to go with the Ball Blue Book recipe. It was very salty, but still delicious. Yes, I know, I was supposed to wait 4-6 weeks before eating them so the flavors could be maximized. But really? Wait? On Dilly Beans? It's just not happening in this house. Hubby already took a jar to work!

I made another batch recently. We were canning pickled jalapenos and had leftover brine and a few leftover jalapenos. I used that brine, and the recipe has significantly less salt. They were much better.  Here is the recipe I came up with:

Dilly Beans
3 cups water
3 cups white vinegar
dill weed
canning/picking salt

Mix the brine.  Place the beans into a clean, sterilized canning jar as shown in the picture below.  When you've stuffed in as many as you can fit (leave 1 inch headspace), place a couple of sprigs of dill on top and sprinkle in 1 teaspoon salt per pint.  Then pour the brine over it, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.  Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

You can eat them straight from the jar, and they are great on a sandwich.

And here is my most recent batch:


1 comment:

  1. i live in indiana, in amish country, and have heard of dilly beans ( mostly from perusing my myriad church/fundraiser cookbooks). recently a friend of mine gave me a jar to try and they sat on my counter for a while. i would eye them, wondering exactly what does a dilly bean taste like but too chicken to try it. i finally did try them today, with a sweetish open-faced sloppy joe i baked for supper. after the initial acclimation to the flavor (it's a pickle, no it's a bean, no it's a pickle, no it's a bean) i'd have to say they are pretty good, especially paired with the sloppy joe with the sweet kind of sauce.

    love your site, too and wow you have squirreled away a lot of delicious goodies!! good for you!