These dilly beans are made with sprigs of dill weed. A head of fresh dill or 1 tsp dill seed can be substituted.
Remember, usually green beans need a pressure canner for processing. This recipe is for pickled beans. Pickled products can be processed safely in a Water Bath Canner because of the added vinegar, which adds acid and makes it safe.
I'll repeat...when you are canning green beans without pickling, you need to process in a pressure canner. (Just because I know I'm going to get this question.)
This recipe for dilly beans makes 4 pints. Make it once. If you really love it like we do, double or triple the recipe.
Gather Your Canning Supplies:
Wash beans. Snap off ends and snap (break or cut) to jar length.
Add sprig of dill weed (or head of dill, or 1 tsp dill seeds) and 1 garlic clove to each jar. If you like spicy, try adding 1/8 tsp cayenne to each jar. (I personally like mild.)
Pack each jar with beans lengthwise. You can also cut your beans short and pack them that way. I just think it looks nice to have them long and lengthwise. An easy way to do this is to tip the jar in your hand and fill. This way the beans stack nicely.
Combine vinegar, water, and salt to make the pickling solution or brine. Bring this to a boil. The best way to do this is in a stainless steel tea pot. It makes it so easy to just pour the brine into each jar without having to use a ladle.
Turn the heat off your brine. When bubbling stops, cover beans with pickling solution, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. I let the bubbling stop. Otherwise, it tends to splatter coming out of the spout of the teapot.
Remove air bubbles with a plastic knife or other small tool. Just push the tool gently between the dilly beans, moving things around just enough to let the air bubbles rise. There is a tool you can buy specifically for this purpose, but an orange peeler is what I always turn to. It just fits perfectly and is usually handy.
Wipe rims clean. You don't want any pickling solution or bean bits on the rim of the jar, as it may interfere with the sealing process. Place your flat lids and screw bands on finger tight.
Then...process according to the times listed just below. If you are not familiar with using a water bath canner, go to water bath canning directions for more general information.
You may notice the image of the black pot I'm using to process my jars. That day I only did a small batch of 4 pint jars. Rather than heat up my big ol canner...I just used a smaller pot. As long as your jars are covered with water and there is a rack of some sort to keep the jars off the bottom, any pot will work. This is my old blancher in the photo.
pints and quarts for 10 minutes. (I usually make my dilly bean recipe in pints.)
Recipe Source: Ball Blue Book
I got a great question today:
"Hi Sharon, I've seen your Dilly Beans canning recipe and I was wondering once they're canned how do you prepare them for a meal? I love your site."
That is a great question. With unfamiliar foods, sometimes you really don't know what to do with them.
We just eat them right out of the jar like a pickle. So yummy. They are not like a side dish, more of a condiment to eat with sandwiches or burgers. Or just an evening snack.
And here is a great idea from a reader Bill in Illinois:
"First love your Dilly Bean recipe....A twist that I like to do is when I get tired of eating them right out of the jar...I chop them finely and mix them in cream cheese...this makes a great cracker spread...sounds odd but it is very good...I just use saltines but I imagine it would be good on a wheat cracker as well."
You can actually eat dilly beans right away...but you might be disappointed. They won't be very pickly. The the beans do need some time to pick up on the pickling flavors. I've never tested it, so I can't say for sure how long you need to wait for best flavor. I'd advise waiting at least a week...longer is probably better.
These canned pickled beans will last for at least a year under proper storage conditions, provided they were processed safely and sealed correctly. The quality of pickles will degrade, so that's why it's recommended that you eat them within a year. If it's been over a year, don't put them in the trash yet! Just move them to the front and make a plan to use them soon.
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