Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dilly Beans

For the last few years, we have been mooching dilly beans off of Andrew's Aunt Gail. I don't think she realized how big of a treat it was for us when we got a jar from her. We prized them, letting the jar sit until we really, really wanted them.  Then we eat them straight out the jar, usually all in one day.  This year, we planted a lot of green beans, hoping to have enough to make our own dilly beans. Mission accomplished. Even though the beans are far from done, we got enough before we left to make one batch. It was really easy, I highly recommend it.  I'm hoping to make a few more batches when we get home.
Even though the process was really easy, we had one canning accident. It was our first not perfect canning process.  We used an old jar, and it must have had a crack somewhere. During the boiling water bath, the bottom popped out. Weirdly enough, it popped out very clean, with no broken glass, and it floated to the top, bottom side up, without losing much of the insides. It didn't make a mess and we've been able to eat the beans.  Perfect accident if you have to have one.

4 pints

2 lbs. fresh green beans
4 heads dill
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 ½ cups vinegar
2 ½ cups water
¼ cup salt

Divide all of green beans, dill, and garlic evenly in four pint jars.
Bring brine to boil, pour over beans, garlic, dill. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath.

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