Spicy Garlic & Dill Pickled Beans Recipe


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These pickled beans are the perfect way to preserve summer's bounty of green beans to enjoy all year long. Great in a Bloody Mary, better in a Caesar!These pickled beans are the perfect way to 

preserve summer’s bounty of green beans to enjoy all year long. Great in a Bloody Mary, better in a Caesar!

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Pickled beans are one of my favourite things to eat out of a Mason jar. For starters, I’m a self-proclaimed caesar addict – eh fellow Canadians?? You know what I’m talking about;) – and I LOVE enjoying a pickled bean or five as a garnish in my drink. 

But honestly, pickled beans are good enough to eat all on their own, straight out of the jar. And as I always say, that’s the measure of a good canning recipe:)

I actually hadn’t even planned on making pickled beans this summer. We’re just not growing enough of our own to bother preserving them, and I wasn’t planning on buying them this year since I’ve already got lots to preserve and not a lot of time to do it in! But I was offered an opportunity I couldn’t pass up…

Last week I wrote about 3 ways to get free organic food (without growing it yourself), and I mentioned that I recently started volunteering with a local gleaners group called the Lush Valley Food Action Society. The group organizes volunteers to go pick excess fruit and vegetables from private properties and farms who need help harvesting everything or who don’t want the food for themselves. The farmer or landowner keeps a portion and the volunteers get to take a portion home too. Plus, whenever possible, some of it goes to support local food banks and food security initiatives too. It’s pretty cool and you should read more about it here. But I digress…

Anyway, I checked my email last weekend and had an email from Lush Valley saying there was a “green bean glean” happening at a local farm on Sunday morning. Since I’d just come home with about 30 pounds of apples and a whole bunch of cucumbers, I wasn’t going to bother with the pick at first. But the thought of jars and jars of pickled green beans lining my pantry shelves, and the offer of them being free in exchange for helping to harvest them was too tempting. So I packed up my daughter and we headed to a farm about 20 minutes from where we lived.

There we spent the morning picking bush beans for the farmer who not only gifted the volunteers with not just some, but ALL of the green beans we helped pick, he also sent us each of us home with a bag of tomatoes and a few peppers. I think I owe him at least one jar of pickled green beans;)

These spicy garlic and dill pickled beans are the perfect way to preserve summer's bounty of green beans to enjoy all year long. Great in a Bloody Mary, better in a Caesar! #pickledbeans #dillybeans

So, long story short, I ended up with about 10 pounds of organic, local green beans for free. And with that, this year’s batch of pickled green beans was born.

They’re a little spicy, a little garlicky, a little dilly and a lot delicious.

These spicy garlic and dill pickled beans are the perfect way to preserve summer's bounty of green beans to enjoy all year long. Great in a Bloody Mary, better in a Caesar! #pickledbeans #dillybeans

I hope you enjoy:)

 

How to Make Pickled Beans At Home

Start by washing fresh, crunchy, organic green beans. Remove the vine end and if using a string bean variety, snap the ends off and remove the strings from the seams.

Prepare your jars for canning. For more info. check out my Beginner’s Guide to Water Bath Canning.

Make sure you’ve got all your canning tools ready to go too. Having everything ready to go ahead of time helps to ensure you don’t waste time and your jars don’t get cold when you’re ready to stuff them and pour in the pickling brine. These are the canning tools I swear by:

Next, cut the beans to the length of the jar you’ll be canning them in, minus a ½ inch. Pint jars are the perfect size for pickled green beans. (Cut them ½ inch shorter than the length of the jars to ensure you leave enough headspace when canning them).

Bring equal parts vinegar and water to a boil with some salt to make the pickling brine (exact ratios based on 6 pints of pickled beans are in the printable recipe below). Boil gently until the salt is completely dissolved.

While your brine is heating up, remove the hot jars from the canner and stuff each one of them with one large or two small garlic cloves, 1/4 teaspoon of of dried chilli flakes (or one fresh or dried chilli pepper), and a handful of fresh dill. Then pack each jar as full as tightly as possible with green beans, making sure to leave a generous ½ inch of headspace at the top.

These spicy garlic and dill pickled beans are the perfect way to preserve summer's bounty of green beans to enjoy all year long. Great in a Bloody Mary, better in a Caesar! #pickledbeans #dillybeans

Pour the hot vinegar brine over the green beans, leaving ½ inch headspace. jostle the jars lightly to allow any trapped air to escape, then wipe down the rims, place lids on top and screw bands down.

Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Then remove canner lid and wait another five minutes before removing jars.

Allow jars to cool completely on the counter before storing them in a cool dark place. Allow pickled beans to sit for up to six weeks for best flavour results.

What about you? What’s your favourite way to enjoy green beans? 

 

Wishing you homemade, homegrown, homestead happiness 🙂


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10 Comments

  1. Robin Lawyer-Hagadorn

    Are these crunchy??

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Yes! Super crunchy!

      Reply
  2. Christina

    Can just dill sprigs be used instead of the heads of dill. This is not something I can find right now. If sprigs are used, how much to make the recipe listed. Ty for your help!

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Hi Christina,

      Yes, if all you have are sprigs of dill you can use these. I would add roughly one tablespoon of fresh dill weed in each quart-sized jar.

      Reply
    • Aj

      Hi there!
      How long do I have to store them before I can eat them ?
      Thanks !

      Reply
      • Anna Sakawsky

        These are best if you leave them for about 6 weeks first so they have time to really infuse, but technically you can eat them at any time. And they will store on the shelves for a long time too. At least a couple years.

        Reply
  3. Debbie

    Looking forward to your magazine and thanks for the pickled beans recipe I always can green beans but have never pickled them so i’m gonna try them . Thanks again for your wonderful blog.

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      You’re so welcome! Thank you for such a nice comment! Enjoy the green beans:)

      Reply
      • Ari

        How long does this last in the pantry?

        Reply
        • Anna Sakawsky

          This will last a long time on pantry shelves. We usually eat our within the year but they would be fine for at least a couple years and probably even longer. I wouldn’t push it for years and years but they’ll last for a very long time.

          Reply

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