How to Make Pickled Green Beans, aka "Dilly Beans"
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A Relish Tray Menu Including Dilly Bean Pickles
For a winning relish tray, arrange:
- Dilly beans
- Red beet pickles, sweet or somewhat savory
- Orange or yellow pickled carrots (use baby carrots or slender, tapered sticks)
- Sweet pickle sticks (cucumber pickles)
- Pickled onions (use baby onions, or thinly sliced rings)
- Pickled cherry peppers, both red and green
This selection offers something for almost every taste, and has a wide variety of colors and shapes. If you have room for just three or four relishes, try the dilly beans, beet pickles, and sweet cucumber sticks...with whatever you like best coming in fourth.
Making dilly green bean, aka pickled green beans, is one of the simplest canning projects you can do. The almost addictive results are great for everyday use, or as part of a holiday menu. They are delicious for relish trays, or on their own, straight out of the jar.
To make dilly bean pickles, you will need:
- 1 or more lbs. of green beans per quart of pickles
- Canning salt (contains no iodine, and can be found in the canning section of most supermarkets)
- Vinegar (white is best, as it does not compete with the other flavors in the pickles)
- Drinking quality water
- Cayenne pepper
- Fresh garlic cloves (minced pickled garlic will also work)
- Fresh or dried dill seeds
You will also need basic canning supplies:
- An enameled waterbath canner, steam canner, or suitable large pot with a rack in the bottom
- Canning jars, either pints or quarts - Ball brand canning jars are very good
- Jar rings and self-sealing lids
- A jar lifter
- A narrow spatula or something similar, for releasing air bubbles from the filled jars
- A small cake pan or saucepan, to scald the lids in
- Tongs, for lifting lids from the water
- A draft-free area in which to let your finished jars cool
- A towel to cool the jars on, and hotpads or oven mitts to help you handle them
- A large saucepan or pot in which to heat the canning solution
- 2-3 hours of time per canner load
Step One - Preparing Your Equipment
Step Two - Preparing the Green Beans
Step Three - The Recipe for the Pickling Solution, and Packing the Jars
Step Four - The Waterbath Canning Process
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