Canning Spicy Dilly Beans

I set out on a canning adventure this weekend. With rows of green beans and wax beans and more pickings to come, it was time I found a new way to preserve garden beans other than just eating them daily and freezing them. Enter, Spicy Dilly Beans. Crunchy, dill pickled beans with zest and spice. I cannot wait to enjoy them. 
My recipe was based off of Food in Jar’s Dilly Beans which was adapted from So Easy to Preserve from the University of Georgia. I was once was a University of Georgia girl. The recipe spoke right to my heart. I modified, of course and so can you.

In a beautiful, soaking rain we received, I went garden picking and found some peppers to complement the beans.

I used the jalapeno peppers in the Spicy Dilly Beans and the Hungarian peppers in dill pickles (recipe to follow soon). 

I also had purchased garlic at the local farmer’s market. Marv, the farmer I purchased the garlic from was selling six types of garlic. 

I decided upon Georgian Crystal garlic for its promised robust flavor and success in staying crunchy after canning. 

Also I saved my fresh dill for cucumbers and used the recommended dill seed which I actually had on hand from Penzey’s. 

I adapted the recipe as best I could to do 14 jars because my borrowed from my mother-in-law water bath canner processes 7 jars at a time. Here is a recipe for 7 pint jars and you can double if you want to do 14 jars like me. Just come pick beans at my house and you’ll have beans to do it!

4 pounds of green or wax beans, trimmed to fit jars
Dash to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
7 jalapeno peppers 
7 teaspoons dill seed
7 cloves garlic
4 1/2 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
4 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup pickling salt

Directions from Food in Jars with slight adaptions from me:
Prep your canning pot by inserting a rack to keep your jars off the bottom of the pot, place pint jars in and fill it with water. Bring to a boil to sterilize while you prepare the rest of your ingredients. Place lids, preferable wide mouth into small saucepan, boil and then keep hot to have ready before processing.

Wash and trim your beans so that they fit in your jar. If you are a perfectionist, that’s not me, cut your beans in half and have them standing at attention in your jars. Or do the best you can like I do. Some cutting and some creative stuffing and I get beans into jars.
I went easy on the Cayenne Pepper in my Spicy Dilly Beans for the young children in my life. But next time I plan to turn up the heat.
Combine vinegar, water and salt in a large saucepan or stockpot and bring to a boil. While it’s heating up, pack your beans into the jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace (distance between the tops of the beans and the rim of the jar). To each jar, add a dash up to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 jalapeno pepper, 1 clove of garlic and 1 teaspoon dill seeds.
1 teaspoon of dill seed per jar. Not dill weed. Dill seed.
Pour the boiling brine over the beans, making sure to leave that 1/2 inch headspace. Use a plastic knife to remove air bubbles from jar by running it around the interior of the jar. Wipe the rims and apply the lids and rings.

Wipe the lids before applying the lids and rings.
Process for 5 minutes rolling boil water bath. 
I find online shopping on your computer or iPad on your kitchen counter during processing is a great way to break up canning. Or you could clean up your kitchen. I opt for online shopping.
Allow the Spicy Dilly Beans to hang out on your shelves for two weeks to develop their flavors before tasting and sharing.
Are you canning, freezing or preserving food this summer? I’ll share canning dill pickles soon. 

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  1. Wow! They look so yummy. I am greasing tomatoes and Cajun peppers as well as tons of herbs. I used to grow beans when I dug into the ground, this year I am starting back to planting so I used very large pots. I LOVE Penzey’s spices. It is an addiction of mine. Thanks for sharing this. I have never canned anything, right now I freeze what I can’t eat. I will give it a try sometime! As a city gal, in ever learned that skill.

  2. looks pretty yummy!

  3. Those sound good! Oh, and I always choose online shopping over cleaning the kitchen!

  4. I have never had these, but they do sound good! I like spicy foods and get tired of regular beans! Nice idea/recipe!

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