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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Spicy Dill Pickled Green Beans

This is one of the easiest ways to store large amounts of green beans from the garden. Turn them into spicy pickled beans. :)

I make a brine by mixing

2 cups of white vinegar (5% acidity)

2 cups of water

and 1/4 cup of pickling salt

I heat to boiling

In each pint jar I place

1 clove of garlic

1 heaping teaspoon of dill seed

and a cayenne pepper.

I used my dried cayennes from last year. I usually put 1 whole pepper in a quart jar but since I was using pints, I broke the peppers in half and just used half of a pepper in each jar.

The pickles aren't hot at all...a whole pepper would have been fine. lol

I filled the jars with the cleaned beans, garlic, cayenne and dill seed.....

Poured the hot brine liquid in each jar, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Then I run a metal knife around the jar to remove any air bubbles. Add more brine if needed but make sure you still have the 1/2 inch headspace.....

I keep my lids in a pot of hot water...not boiling, just really hot. I wipe the tops of the jars with a clean damp cloth (paper towels work) then place a hot lid on the jar.

The filled jars, ready for the water bath canner...

I place the jars on the canning rack. Lower and make sure the jars are covered with water at least 1 inch over the tops. When the water starts boiling, I start my timer. They process for 10 minutes.

Then the processed jars cool on the counter until the seals pop. If a jar does not seal, you need to use it first and keep it in the refrigerator.

It's an easy way to put green beans up without using your pressure canner. :)


Prospector16 said...

Hate to nitpick, but those aren't processed properly. Jars are supposed to be submersed in at least an inch of water.

cowgirl said...

Hi bushidoka!
I think you're thinking the that the jars in the canner are lowered.
They are sitting in the rack waiting to be lowered into the canner.
If you check right above the pic it says.... "Lower and make sure the jars are covered with water at least 1 inch over the tops. When the water starts boiling, I start my timer."

Hope that helps you! :)

Melanie said...

Wow! What beautiful green beans! I am new to your blog and I check it daily - Love it!

cowgirl said...

Hi Melanie!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you give the beans a try sometime.. It's a really easy way to put them up for the winter.

Thank you! :)

Wayne said...

Well with all that Ocra and green beans you are going to be as healthy as a horse. Looks good though and I'm sure it will taste good when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing. (I know, I said that nasty "s" word)

I tried to contact you via the contact button on your page with a couple of pictures of my Cajun Microwave but not sure if I did it correct.

I finally did get it posted on my blog though. Let me know what you think. I'm still trying to figure out how to get smoke inside though.

Anyways the food looks great as always. Have a great weekend.


Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

You make it look pretty easy Jeanie. I can't wait until I have more time to experiment with things like this. It has a couple of my favorite things in it. The garlic and the cayenne.

cowgirl said...

Thanks Wayne!
I'm not sure if the contact button allows for pictures. I will check out your blog. Bet the cooker works great!

cowgirl said...

Thanks Mark, it is pretty easy to do, just takes time.
I canned some chicken today.... hope to post pics of it sometime in the near future. lol
I love garlic and cayenne too.
Do you still have some of those peppers I sent? Let me know if you need more, I'm getting a few out of my garden now and still have some dried from last year. :)

It's almost bean eating weather too. lol

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

My cayenne situation is still good for now Jeanie. Those are excellent. I would'nt think they would go bad after time, but I wonder if maybe they lose there potency. So far they are still as hot as ever. That was alot of cayenne. Thanks again Jeanie. It's been awhile since I cooked beans too, I guess I am getting a little slack in the cookin department lately.

cowgirl said...

Mark, glad to hear you are still doing well in the cayenne department. :)
I am not sure if they ever go bad... they seem to last a long time.
I haven't cooked beans for awhile either, maybe when the weather cools off I will simmer a pot full.
I can see why you haven't had time to cook. Your place is looking great! You've really been getting a lot done Mark!
Won't be long before you get moved out there. :)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

nice! im not a big fan of hot beans..but cold and pickled are the ----! last night i made your recipe of skillet potatoes sauteed mushrooms and onions and porterhouses.(all cooked outside with charcoal of course)i also used a little Maggi sauce on em.(we love that sauce here).i did manage to grab the skillet handle with my bare hands, yeah not good. i spent the rest of the night with ice!cold beer bottle wasnt cutting it this time..real bad ive done that a million times and never learn. even my 7 year old son looked at me like "dude are you serious?". anyway, it didnt stop me from cookin up. everything came out good..i think my friends loved it but they might have been just saying that feelin bad about my hand. i never realized trying to eat lefty is soooo annoying when your really hungry and too proud to ask for someone to...yeah...cut my steak...waaaaah!thanks for the inspiration to make a great meal. all the women there said it was a "mans meal". they were stuffing there faces too though. lol. fell asleep with an ice bag..the price of being clumsy. you would be surprised what i can accomplish with my 10 thumbs!!! ;) tonight?..brisket with a few other friends.COWGIRL RULES!!!!


Anonymous said...

So I thought my FIL made these up. Apparently not? These are great! He made them with japs though. I brought a jar to work and even the guys that dont like beans ate 'em up! Nice work Cowchicky

cowgirl said...

Mike... that sounds painful!! Hope your hand is feeling better today!
I'm happy to hear you tried the steak/tatoes and mushrooms though. That's great... I bet it was tasty!:)
Can't imagine how hard it must have been to try cutting up the steak with one hand. lol If your friends are anything like mine, they would have teased the heck out of you before helping! lol
Hope to hear how your brisket comes out. :)
Thanks Mike!

cowgirl said...

Hey Mr D/S! Your Father in law is my best buddy.... he gave me the recipe. :)
I like em with jalapenos too, just have some cayennes to use up. :)

Are you ready for deer season? I think I almost am.

Thanks Mr D/S!

Anonymous said...

As a matter of fact you Super fantastic Sap....I will be in the woods tomorrow morning before the sun wakes up with bow and arras in hand looking for buckwinkle. We can hunt deer the last four days of september on last years tag. Sure would like to get a jump on this years harvest!

cowgirl said...

I've got one word for you... LUCKY! lol
Hope ya have fun and even see some deer! :)

JunkerJunk said...

Great post Cowgurl J. I've made these but it was before I started blogging. However, I never added the extra kick of peppers, which looks like a NICE touch. Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration to me.


cowgirl said...

Hi Marty, good to see ya!
I like the extra pepper kick but sometimes I leave them out. :)
Hope you are having a nice summer.
Thanks Marty!

Greg said...

Wow, All I was doing was looking for a recipe to pickle some spicy green beans for Bloody Marys and I found your awesome blog. Kudos for doing a great job. I'll check back often to see what you're up to.... I write a travel blog on Google called Gundyville On Wheels at if you ever find yourself with some time to check it out. I'm having just a bit of trouble finding more about you, but maybe that will come with a bit more time. meanwhile...yeah, we might be related! Kudos on a blog well done!!! Where are you based?
We travel full time in a motorcoach and have been just about everywhere in US and Canada. Ran the greenhouse and guided in the gold fields at Chicken Alaska this past summer for Chicken Gold Camp. Wish I had found you before I headed up there!

cowgirl said...

Thank you Greg!
I'm looking forward to checking out your blog too. :)
I'm in western Oklahoma with the yucca and sage.
Traveling around the US and Canada sounds interesting. I imagine you have some amazing stories to tell.

Thanks for stopping by, it's nice to meet you. :)

City Antics said...

Mmmmm looks delicious, I've been looking for a recipe like this for ages. I really appreciate the pictures and detailed instructions, can't wait to try this out!

cowgirl said...

Thank you Citified Country Chick! Hope they turn out well for you. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cowgirl
I pickled some beans as per your method, Instead of using the bath method ,I used a pressure canner and left the petcock open so I didn't pressureize the vessel and cooked for 10 minutes with steam emmenting from the petcock.After 10 minutes the jars are removed. It is a very quick method, as the water boils in the pressure cooker very quickly. Have you heard of this method?
Bob C

cowgirl said...

Bob I've not heard of that method. So the jars are not covered in water...only the usual pressure canner level?
I can see how it would take less time to bring the water to a boil.
Interesting Bob, thanks for stopping by! :)