Pickling green beans is a great way to preserve them for later use. Pickled green beans, also known as “dilly beans”, are a classic old-fashioned refrigerator pickle that have been around for generations. They are easy to make and can be enjoyed year-round.
To make dilly beans, start by selecting fresh green beans that are crisp and bright in color. Wash and trim the ends of the beans, then pack them into a clean glass jar. Make sure to leave at least an inch of headspace at the top of the jar. Next, prepare the brine by combining white vinegar, water, sugar, salt, garlic, and dill seed in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve. Pour the hot brine over the beans in the jar, making sure to cover them completely. Seal the jar and let it cool to room temperature before storing it in the refrigerator.
Dilly beans are ready to eat after two weeks of refrigeration, but they will become more flavorful if allowed to sit for a few months. The pickles can be enjoyed as a snack or added to salads or sandwiches for a crunchy and flavorful addition. They also make a great gift for friends and family.
Pickled green beans are a delicious way to enjoy fresh green beans all year long. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can make your own old-fashioned refrigerator dilly beans in no time. Enjoy!