Traditional Dilly Beans

These beans are a seasonal favorite. For a change of tastes, try using these pickles as the base for a green bean casserole.

Makes: 4 pintsHands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 4 pints


  • 2 lbs. fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 8 dill weed sprigs
  • 4 tsp. pickling salt
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2½ cups water


  • Cut beans to fit the jars. Blanch beans for 3 minutes, then move to an ice bath. Drain. Pack beans into sterilized jars. Place two sprigs of dill and one clove of garlic in each jar.
  • In a saucepan, mix the vinegar, salt, and water; bring to a boil. Pour over the beans, leaving ½" headspace.
  • Fit the lids and process for 10 minutes in a hot-water bath.