Monday, August 6, 2012

Canning Dilly Beans

We tried our hand at canning dilly beans for the first time with our friend Mike's recipe (who taught us all this gardening and canning business)! Here's our set up: the brine is boiling in the back left, the lids are boiling in the front left and the water bath canner is getting warmed up. The jars were in the sink in hot water after we washed and cut the ends off the beans to get ready to pack the jars!

The brine (for 4qts) consists of:
5C water
1/2C canning salt
5C white vinegar (Mike says to use Heinz!)

When ready to start, grab a jar and put the following in the bottom:
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 head fresh dill
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp whole mustard seed

Then, pack the beans in and pour the boiling brine over them.  Wipe off the rim of the jar, put the lid and ring on.

Put the jars in the water bath canner, once it boils, leave them in for 10 minutes and they're done!

A finished jar of dilly beans and some other garden finds!

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