Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pickled Green Beans

The CSA we joined this year has enabled us so many delicious fresh vegetables. As I see the morning temps begin to drop, I am reminded fresh vegetable season is drawing to a close. In order to be able to enjoy them a little longer, I froze and picked as many of the vegies as I could. One of my favorites was the pickled beans. These are perfect on a salad or even better in a spicy Bloody Mary.



Pickled Green Beans
Adapted from several recipes on the internet

½ lb string beans, trimmed (or as much will fit in a medium-sized jar)
1 c white vinegar
1 c water
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 T pickling spice
2 t sugar
½ t kosher salt
dash red pepper flakes
(Most of the original recipes called for dill weed. I didn't have any, so I just left it out)

1) Place string beans upright in a glass jar. Trim any ends that reach the top of the jar. Pack the jar tightly.

2) Combine all other ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl (or large measuring cup). Microwave for 90 seconds. Stir. Microwave for another 90 seconds.

3) Pour mixture into jar, leaving ½ inch of space at the top. After you pour in the brine, if the jar's not full, add water and vinegar until it is. Screw on the lid.

4) Let cool to room temperature. Shake to distribute seeds and spices. Refrigerate.

5) Beans are ready after four days, and will last a month in the fridge.

I am linking this to Tasty Tuesday!

5 comments:

  1. Sounds good, especially the Bloody Mary:@)
    Congrats and best of luck to you!

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  2. Those sound great. Did the saffron ever take hold?

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  3. These sound great, Julie. I love the Bloody Mary idea too :) I've enjoyed eating pickled beets on an appetizer tray also. My next trip to the farmers' market I'm going to get some beans!

    BTW, the tomato plant is called Tumbling Tom. Great little tomato plant! This was an especially good summer for tomatoes with the heat of July and then our dry August (as long as I kept them well watered and fertilized).

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  4. I have always wanted to try pickled green beans. Yours sound delicious.

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  5. A co-worker always brings these to functions but she won't tell us how to make them. Thanks so much!!! Now I can make my own!

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