Dilly beans are green beans pickled in a vinegar-based liquid seasoned with garlic and dill. They retain their crispy texture throughout the canning process. Dilly beans will even be crunchy months after being canned.
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After being inspired by how easy it is to pickle vegetables, I decided that I would make some dill pickled green beans with our garden’s bountiful harvest. All the ingredients for this recipe are readily available in my kitchen and they will satisfy all cravings. There are two variations of these Dilly Beans – Just Slightly Spicy or not spicy at all.
What are Pickled Dilly Beans?
Dilly beans are green beans, suspended in a vinegar-based pickling liquid and seasoned simply with garlic. They’re an iconic American foodstuff. The sturdy little suckers retain their crispness through the boiling water bath process due to its high acidity levels which turn them from soft into chewy when cooked later at home or enjoyed raw as your favorite vegetable side dish.
Ingredients Used for Dilly Beans
It doesn’t get easier than this. Just drop the spices in a jar, pack garden fresh beans and vinegar brine on top to soak them all up – voila! Now you’re ready for processing with these tasty treats that will last through winter like an old friend.
This is what I use for the non-spicy dilly beans recipe.
- Green Beans
- White Vinegar
- Canning Sale
- Granulated Sugar
- Garlic Cloves
- Sprigs of Dill
Optional Ingredients if you prefer spice. Just split the amounts between the 6, pint jars. So, each jar would just get a scant amount.
- 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
How Many Beans do Canning Jars Hold?
I have found that if I pack them in tightly, one quart will hold a pound of beans. A pint size mason jar will hold a half pound. How you pack the canning jar will make a difference in how many beans it will hold. If you tilt the mason jar on its side to pack the beans, it will help keep them straight, which will allow you to pack more beans in the jar. Pack the jar as tight as you can when filling.
Use This Recipe to Pickle Vegetables
Use this same brine to pickle brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, radishes, and carrots. Very tasty results. It is surprising how these get gobbled up as snacks in our house. Just barely sweet, a nice vinegary taste, still crunchy, and totally addictive.
Just make the pickled vegetables using the same recipe and processing method.
How Long Does Pickled Dilly Beans Last
Pickled dilly beans that have a vinegar-based recipe and are processed in a water bath method for canning is all that is needed to have canned beans last one year or more.
Wondering What to Serve with Dilly Beans?
Anytime you think about reaching for a pickle you can reach for a dilly bean in its place. These chicken, ham, & beef sliders are just perfect for a weeknight meal, your next party, or game day snacking. These beans are a delicious snack to serve your guests.
Ground bologna sandwich spread is a classic family recipe that my sister has mastered. This is a budget-friendly recipe and goes well with these pickled beans.
Use pantry ingredients to make sloppy Joes that will please a crowd. My grandmother never used a canned mix for making hers. We love this combination.
- 3 Pounds Green beans or Yellow Beans washed trimmed, and cut into jar-length pieces (about 4 inches)
- 3 3/4 Cups White Vinegar
- 3 3/4 Cups Water
- 1/3 cup Canning Salt
- 3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
- 6 Cloves Garlic crushed or thinly sliced
- 6 Springs of Dill
- Begin by preparing the green beans. Gently wash and snip the ends. If placing in a pint size container, but to approximately 4-inch pieces.
- Then sterilize the jars, lids, and rings. In a large kettle add water and bring to a strong simmer. Add them to the water and heat in the simmering water until ready to use.
- Prepare the brine by combining the white vinegar, water, granulated sugar, and canning salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar.
- Remove the jars from the hot water and place 1 clove crushed or sliced garlic and 1 dill sprig into the hot jar. Pack beans cut side up leaving a ½ inch headspace.
- Ladle hot brine into a hot jar leaving a ½ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
- Process jars in the water bath 15 minutes. Turn off heat let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.
Your Own Private Notes
How Long Does Pickled Dilly Beans LastPickled dilly beans that have a vinegar-based recipe and are processed in a water bath method for canning is all that is needed to have canned beans last one year or more.
Optional Ingredients if you prefer spice.Just split the amounts between the 6, pint jars. So, each jar would just get a scant amount.
1. 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed
2. 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
3. ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
How Many Beans do Canning Jars Hold?I have found that if I pack them in tightly, one quart will hold a pound of beans. A pint size mason jar will hold a half pound. How you pack the canning jar will make a difference in how many beans it will hold. If you tilt the mason jar on its side to pack the beans, it will help keep them straight, which will allow you to pack more beans in the jar. Pack the jar as tight as you can when filling.
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