Wednesday, September 18, 2013


I've been posting on my blog only once a week (or so). I've not been dilly dallying around.  In the winter, I will probably be posting daily ;o) One of the dessert highlights of my summer was the Creamsicle Cake that a friend made. Yum! I'll be making it soon for someone special that is celebrating a birthday, and will post the recipe. It is orange, and will be great for Fall and Halloween.

My mom recently shared with me that my grandmother canned fruit and vegetables, and one of her favorites was Dilly Beans. The CSA that I belong to was offering u-pick green beans since there was an abundance this year. I rarely do any canning, but couldn't pass up the opportunity to make Dilly Beans. 

I used a recipe that I've had in my collection for many years. A friend of mine said a restaurant serves a Dilly Bean with their Bloody Mary's.

Pickled Green Beans (4 pint jars)

2 pounds green beans

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used red pepper flakes)

4 heads dill or 4 teaspoons dill seed

4 cloves garlic

2 ½ cups water

2 ½ cups vinegar (5%)

¼ cup salt

Sterilize canning jars. I use the Ball canning guide to make sure I am doing everything correctly. 

Basic Directions:

Wash, trim ends and cut beans into 4-inch pieces. Pack beans, lengthwise, into hot pint jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. To each pint, add ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 clove garlic, and 1 dill head or 1 teaspoon dill seed. Combine remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Pour boiling hot liquid over beans, leaving ½-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rims. Adjust lids. Process 5 minutes in a Boiling Water Bath. Let beans stand for at least 2 weeks before tasting to allow the flavor to develop.

Thank you for stopping by! I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. They must be's fun to have home made treats in jars at home..:)

  2. These look delis - Must you process the jars, or will they seal themselves? I imagine these are great with Bloody Marys - but I think anything goes with them!

  3. Wow have been busy....These look good and I'll bet they taste good too..

    Love, Mona

  4. These look amazing. Hey, you farm and garden girls are busy this time of the year. Remember the old saying, "Make hay while the sun shines", those vegetables need your attention, now. You will have plenty of time to catch up on your blogging when the snow falls. We all love you, and will be looking forward to visiting with you more then.
    Stay happy,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  5. I'll bet they're great Debbie! The fresh dill is so pretty in the jars-enjoy:@)

  6. You go girl with canning! There is nothing like the "proud mother" feeling of staring at your newly canned good. Joni

  7. kitty has left a new comment on your post "DILLY BEANS":

    You're so right, you haven't been dilly dallying! You've BEAN busy! Those dilly beans look so tasty, Debbie, and you'll be able to use them all fall and winter. Thanks for sharing your bounty with us, sweet friend. xo

  8. I have to confess Debbie that I've never heard of Dilly Beans! :$

    I'll look forward to that cake sounds wonderful. I love the name alone never so if it tastes as good it'll be a real treat I'm sure ;D

    Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.

  9. What a great Foodie Friday post. These look great! :D My husband loves these. It would make him so happy if I made them for him. Thanks for posting the recipe!


  10. Growing up my brother hated green beans, but now they are his favorite snack. I am sending this to him.

  11. I haven't done any canning in years but I'm tempted to make a recipe of these beans. They are a delicious snack and would be a great addition to the holiday gift baskets I make.

  12. Hi Debby, First time stopping by:) Your recipe looks so good! Wonderful holiday hostess gift:) xxL

  13. Welcome Leslie! I'll be visiting your blog also! xo


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