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Re: Dilly Beans
gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: Dilly Beans
  • From: Catharine Carpenter <cathycrc@comcast.net>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:25:17 -0500

Sounds a lot like mine, except I put in a lot more hot pepper flakes... 1tsp in each pint jar!
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jun 29, 2011, at 10:23 AM, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/ SCOSI wrote:

I don't have my recipe book here but this one from the web looks about
right; although seems like my processing time at the end might be
longer. I always use garlic and the hot pepper flakes. I also try to
make it decorative by placing the dill heads flat against the side of
the jar, so it looks like a fan when the beans are packed inside. If you
don't have dill heads you could use dill weed from the market, or even
dried, plus some dill seed in the bottom of the jar...maybe a
tablespoon?  If you can't find pickling salt, use non-iodized table
salt.

Pack the beans very tight in the jars. They will shrink a little when
processed and if they are not jammed in there, they'll float and it
looks unattractive. What I do is blanch them in boiling water for 1
minute first, that makes them more flexible and also eliminates some of
the shrinkage. You don't want them cooked, just hot.

If you don't know how to do a boiling water bath or sterilize jars,
there are excellent directions on the Ball Preserving web site,
www.freshpreserving.com. You can do this without dedicated canning
equipment, but be very careful lifting the hot jars out of the boiling
water if you do not have a jar lifter. And you don't have to make the
whole recipe either, I have done as few as 3 jars at a time.

Dilly Beans

4 lb. fresh tender green or yellow beans (5 to 6 inches long)
8 to 16 heads fresh dill
8 cloves garlic (optional)
1/2 cup canning or pickling salt
4 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
4 cups water
1 tsp. hot red pepper flakes (optional)

YIELD: About 8 pints

PROCEDURE: Wash and trim ends from beans and cut to 4-inch lengths (my
note: if you are using a wide mouth jar, the top of the bean will be
about 3/4" down, for a narrow mouth jar the top of the bean should be at
the jar shoulder). In each hot sterile pint jar, place 1 to 2 dill
heads, and if desired, 1 clove of garlic. Place whole beans upright in
jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Trim beans to ensure proper fit, if
necessary. Combine salt, vinegar, water and pepper flakes (if desired).
Bring to a boil.
Add hot solution to beans, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and
process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.



Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of BONNIE_HOLMES
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:14 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's really summer now

Do you have a recipe that you would be willing to share.

B
ETN Zone 7
Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI Johnson"
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:48:23 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] It's really summer now

Dilly beans are pickled green beans with dill. Mmmm.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of BONNIE_HOLMES
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:35 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's really summer now

Wow, lots of work. BTY, what are dilly beans?

B
ETN Zone 7
Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI Johnson"
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:28:12 AM
Subject: [CHAT] It's really summer now

We're getting to the time of year when, after being left in the car all day, my travel mug of coffee is hotter at the end of the day than it is
when I pour it. But this is just normal heat, nothing much to remark
about.
I spent the weekend fortifying the fence around the entire garden area,
hacking out the rabbitbrush that had grown up near the fence, crawling
under the junipers to get at the corners, and pretty much ruining my
hands manipulating chicken wire and making little wire twist ties. I
think it is all barricaded now and if we see rabbits at least the holes
they use will be fewer.
It doesn't look like I'll be getting a bumper crop of green beans thanks


to the rabbits, gophers, and having to plant late. Last year was pretty good though and we still have jars in the pantry, so we'll eat a lot of
fresh this summer. Making dilly beans is less time-consuming than
pressure-canning so I might make a lot of those this summer.
All in all the veggie garden is looking decent and I've been able to
spend a bit more time in the front too. Having the gardener do the
mowing and some weeding sure helps. But there's always something to be
done. Recently I noticed my lab is digging a largish hole in the back
lawn so he has a nice cool spot to lie in. Sigh...time to go buy him
another wading pool I guess.
Blooming now are roses, salvias, buckwheat, Shasta daisies, daylilies,
acanthus, lavender, coreopsis, gaillardia, and pelargoniums.

Cyndi

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