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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dilly Beans

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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:









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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!

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