Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mr. Hawthorne Cans Dilled Green Beans.

Good Neighbor Frances
stopped by the other night
 to bring us a jar of dilled green beans.
They were delicious.
Mr. Hawthorne and I inhaled them,
so now he wants to make his own.

These beans came from Food Lion.
We'd gone to the Teeter first for something we can only get there
and checked out their green beans.
Not pretty at all.
Usually HT has the better produce.

Mr. Hawthorne's Ingredients
Mess o' green beans
(Enough to fill 3 half-pint jars.)
 We rinsed the beans and pinched off the ends.
Bunch of fresh dill with flowers.
How fortuitous is it that my dill is blooming now?
peeled garlic - several cloves in each jar
about a teaspoon each of crushed red pepper and mustard seed
for each jar.

Don't be intimidated by canning.
It's easy.
The key is to do small batches;
otherwise, it can be overwhelming.

Mr. Hawthorne sterilized his jars and lids in boiling water.

 Dill flower and garlic cloves in the jar.

Mr. Hawthorne packs his beans in.

I topped the beans with a dill flower.

Give it some red hot red pepper lovin'.

Mustard seeds.
You know me and my action shots.

Mr. Hawthorne made a brine:
2 cups water
2 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup salt
Mix and bring to a boil.

Pour boiling brine to within 1/4 inch of the top.

Seal jars with lids and rings.

Mr. Hawthorne always inverts his canning jars for a minute or so.

The jars went back into the hot water
he'd sterilized them in.
Bare simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat.


As any home-canner can tell you,
the sucking thwup of a can sealing
is music to the ears.

Mr. Hawthorne canned these February 9.
Now we wait.
At least 2 weeks before opening.

Fast-forward to March 10.

 Bottom line:
These were crisp and crunchy and spicy.
We loved them.
 A winner.

 I'll be planting extra green beans in the garden this year.

Stay tuned to see what I did next with the green beans.
I made a multi-bean salad that's outrageously wonderful.

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