pickling beans

I have been getting bags of delicious fresh green beans in my weekly CSA from Evergreen Creek Farm and finally decided to try my hand at pickling. The beans have been deliciously yummy, but there are only so many ways I know how to serve green beans…. I LOVE pickled produce, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test my barely-there green thumb at it.

First, I needed the basic canning utensils, which I didn’t have in my kitchen. I found a basic starter kit at a home store for around $10 and my confidence was quickly renewed. I can do this!

One of my favorite blogs that I follow, Food in Jars, has a great recipe with simple instructions on making dilly beans. I altered the recipe a little bit, adding a bit more bite. I bought just the right amount of mustard seed at First Alternativeas well as 2 cups of apple cider vinegar in their bulk section.Their bulk prices can’t be beat and you can get the exact amount you need, when you need it.

With a glass of wine in hand and all my ingredients in front of me, I was ready to conquer my fear of pickling! To start, I thought I would try the garlic peeling trick I once saw online. If you haven’t seen the video, you should check it out. AMAZEMENT. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to try to debunk it. It peeled my garlic so UTTERLY FAST.

I decided I would start small, with only three jars, to see if I could handle thepressure. (Haha, get it?…) I ended up with more beans than jars, which is okay since they will be great with a stir-fry dinner tomorrow or I can freeze them for later.

So the recipe goes:2 pounds green beans, trimmed to fit your jars
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you like a KICK!)
4 teaspoons dill seed
2 teaspoons ground mustard seed
4 cloves garlic
2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup sea salt
Again, you can find awesome canning instructions, here,

After a 10 minute water bath, I set the jars to cool. *POP* *POP* *POP*! The best sound ever when canning! My cans all sealed with a nice *POP!* so I can rest assure that they are safely preserved. They will be ready just in time for the Mama and Papa visit!



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