Make Your Own Delicious DILLY BEANS


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It is so simple to make your own fantastic dilly beans-- once you've tasted them, you'll be hooked!  

Behold the mighty dilly bean. A household fav. Something we plant extra beans for. Then water, wait, watch, grow, pluck, pickle, and finally...savor.

getting beans ready 

 Salt, beans, dill, garlic, vinegar and a few hot peppers do the trick.


 And... black, nubby peppercorns add lovely 'pep' to the brine.

Here's my recipe:

peppy dilly beans 

  • 5 pounds fresh beans {green, purple, yellow or a mix}
  • 6 cups of vinegar
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of salt
  • whole garlic cloves
  • peppercorns
  • fresh dill or dried dill
  • fresh chili peppers or dried chili flakes

1.Wash up the beans and trim to fit your jars. Depending on my mood I sometimes leave the tops of the beans attached {some people are put off by this, but I think that it shows the beans are homegrown and fresh-- plus the bean tops serve as a wonderful hook in your spicy cocktail}.

2. Heat vinegar, water and salt in a pot to just before boiling. Place one garlic clove, one chili pepper (or 1/2 tsp dried), a few sprigs of dill (or 1/2 tsp dried) and several peppercorns into each hot sterilized jar. Pack jar with trimmed beans and fill with vinegar mixture leaving 1/2 inch head space. Process in a boiling water canner for 5 minutes (adding additional time according to altitude in your area.)
filling jars 


Here I quickly fill the hot jars with all the yummy spices. 


 I try to jam in as many as possible. If beans don't quite fit, I leave them right in the jar and just trim them up with kitchen scissors. ( I save what I've trimmed for veg stock).  

side view of jars 

 I love my vintage jars. Oh so pretty!  

 tops of jars 

Note: If you don't have 5 pounds of beans, don't fret! You can easily pickle and can what you've got using the 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water ratio-- it works just the same! Sometimes I might only do 4-5 jars at a time.

Serve on a pickle tray or use them in spicy cocktails! So tangy and good!

We hope you love these little beans as much as we do!

All photos are by Liesl and Myles Petersen 

Liesl and Myles are from Alberta, Canada. You can also find them on Nest.