How to make Pickled Green Beans

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As I mentioned yesterday, we were roofing and making jam. We also knew that the chance of rain was increasing, but what is a crew to do? And as would be, we found a few surprises along the way. Like two (yep 2) layers of old roofing to tear off.......That slowed things down a bit and coupled with the looming threat of rain, that means today, they are roofing in the drizzle and rain. Light rain, for the most part, is not a problem, but bless them for working so hard under these conditions. My menfolk are the best!

Here are a couple of pictures from yesterday,

Gatorade Football, how those guys could catch that bottle on a slope is beyond me...

Most of the "tear-off" is done.

Inside the house, we were making food for the crew and making jam for this winter. When my daughter and I get together, we make jam all day and split the goodies. We made Raspberry Rhubarb, Strawberry (2 batches) Strawberry Rhubarb, Mixed berry (all the leftovers are made into a "specialty" jam of the season!), Rhubarb Grapefruit and Blackberry. 

Generally, we use 8 cups of fruit and 6 cups of sugar for a batch. You get less jam per batch, but it sure is delicious! It has been fun to not only work with my daughter and teach her jam-making, but my own return to canning has been personally rewarding. I had been away from canning for so many years and now get to enjoy the look of my canning cupboard as I put more home-canned items there.

Today I am turning some of those wonderful green beans my husband grows into Pickled Green Beans.
How to make Pickled Green Beans.

Let's get started because for some reason laundry is waiting to be done.....

Pickled Green Beans
adapted from:  Gooseberry Patch Blog
makes 6 pints

Note:  *Because we are using beans from the garden, I filled my jars first with the harvested beans and came up with 6 jars to process. The pickling liquid was increased from the original recipe to fill the six jars

* green beans
jars and lids as needed
fresh dill or dill seed
fresh garlic
crushed red pepper flakes - if desired

3 3/4 c vinegar
3 3/4 c water
1/4 c plus 2 T canning salt

Fill water bath canner with water and bring to a boil, while preparing jars and pickling liquid. 

Place fresh dill (or seed) whole cloves of garlic and 1/2 t crushed red pepper in the bottom of each jar. Fill jars with beans, and set aside.

How to make Pickled Green Beans.
 Yes, that is garlic and seasonings on top, I wanted to fill the jars with beans to know how much pickling brine to make. Something tells me, the beans won't mind the seasonings being on top.

In a large pan, bring vinegar, water, and salt to a boil.

How to make Pickled Green Beans, preserving the harvest.

Ladle over prepared green beans to within 1/2 inch from top of the jar. Wipe the top of jars with a damp cloth to make sure they are spotless, this will ensure a perfect seal. Cap with a dome lid and ring.

How to make Pickled Green Beans, preserving the harvest.

I love old canning kettles and the fact that even today when you buy one new, they look the same from your childhood. I stood by my own Mom's elbow while jam making was the task for the day.
How to make Pickled Green Beans.

Process in boiling water bath 10 minutes. Let cool, remove rings. Store in cool, dry storage area. 


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