Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dilly Beans

This is our second year of gardening, but one thing we haven't grown is beans. So when we get a delivery of beans from family, if we don't plan on using them immediately, they get blanched and frozen.

But with our chest freezer filling up, we decided to use some green beans we got and save them via canning. Enter the Dilly Beans.

One thing we learned from our dilly bean canning is that you should take the beans and measure them in the jar before you process them. This gives you a more accurate bean length and ensures you don't snap off more than can fit in.

Our dilly beans have been packed in dill and garlic and left unopened for a couple of weeks while all of the flavors get their mingling on. Neither Melissa nor I have ever had dilly beans, which is why we've made just a small couple of batches, totaling about 1 1/2 pints. But we know when it comes time to snap into them, we'll love the freshness, if nothing else.

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