Mama T’s Dilly Beans

These are so good that it is hard to wait 2 weeks to enjoy them. These lil’ dilly beans are great to serve for Thanksgiving and make really nice gifts too!  

Makes 4 pints 

Ingredients
2 lbs. of organic green beans, trimmed
2 tsp. crushed red pepper
4 large cloves of garlic sliced in half
4 dill heads
2 ½ cups of water
2 ½ cups white wine vinegar
½ cup pickling salt

Preparing the Jars
Wash & rinse jars. Put in a large pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil & turn off heat. Process the lids & rings according to manufacturer’s directions. At the point you are ready to fill, remove jars from the water & briefly drain on a clean towel or dish rack.

Method
Prepare your ingredients & sterilize your jars. Pack the beans, lengthwise into clean, hot pint jars. To each pint add ½ tsp. crushed red pepper, 2 halves of garlic & 1 head of dill. Combine the water, vinegar & salt in a saucepan & bring to a boil. Immediately pour over the bean leaving a ½ inch of headspace. Screw on two-piece lids. Place filled jars in boiling water to cover by 1 inch. Boil jars for 5 minutes*, adding an additional minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Remove from water & let jars cool. Check the seals as the jars cool. The lids must be sucked down when fully cool. Apply gentle pressure to the lid to ensure a good seal. 

Do not worry if the beans look shriveled right after processing. They will plump up in a few weeks. Let the beans stand for at least 2 weeks before serving.

*If using quart jars, process for 10 minutes plus the additional 1 minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level.

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