Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Dilly Beans

Courtesy of Theresa Althauser

  • Sterilize the jars (wash in very hot water or run through the dishwasher)

  • Pack the jars in the following order, using pint canning jars:

    • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground cayenne in the bottom of each jar
    • Fresh dill sprig upside-down in the middle of jar
    • 1-2 garlic cloves in the middle of the dill
    • Pack remaining space with fresh beans (trimmed to fit)
    • Insert a Jalapeno pepper into the jar on the outside of the beans
  • Brine solution consists of the following (for 8 pints, adjust for more or less):

    • 5 C water
    • 5 C white vinegar
    • 1/2 C salt
  • Boil brine until salt dissolves. Pour into jars. Seal jars (soften the lids first by dipping into boiling brine solution for a few moments). Submerge jars into boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Remove and cool slowly.

  • Place any jars that did not seal properly in the refrigerator and eat in a few weeks. Store the properly sealed jars in a cool, dark location. Wait two months and eat with friends.