What do you do when your dad’s garden starts producing green beans like crazy?
…and he gives you 6 gallon of them?
Snap the ends off of them (or be lazy like I was and just use scissors) and any blemish. Wash them really, really, really well. Set aside 2lbs of them, you’ll use them later. But keep 4lbs for this recipes.
Place the following into your pint jars:
1/2tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp dill seed
1 garlic clove
Now cut and pack your green beans to fit into the pint mason jars. I was able to get 10 jars out of my 4lbs it my different depending on how long your beans are or how much damage they may have had or not have.
In a large pot bring 5 cups of vinegar, 5 cups of water, and 1/2 cup of salt to a boil.
Pour this hot mixture over the beans in each jar. Leave about a 1/4’’ headspace. Put lid on jars and tighten them down pretty well. Carefully place each jar into enough boiling water to cover the lids. Let them boil for 5 minutes before taking them out and allowing them to cool until all are sealed.
These are ready to eat after 5-7 days of sitting. There you have it, Dilly Beans. It’s more of a pickled green bean and after making them and trying them, I’m so not a fan!!! But Boy Toy is. So he’ll have all the Dilly Beans he can eat.
What to do with the other 2 gallons of beans? Bring some water to a rapid boil. While you’re waiting on that, snap or cut your beans to bite size. Whatever size it is that you like.
Drop them into the boiling water for 3 minutes and then quickly remove them from the water and place them in an ice water bath for 3 minutes. Once that’s done, measure them out and place them in freezer bags and pop in the freezer. Short and sweet right?
Next up…..7 Day Pickles.