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Dillicious Dilly Beans!

6 Sep

Hello all!  This post was meant to be up last week but with Irene causing all sorts of problems here on the East coast I am finally getting around to it today!

So, my last post was about pickles and this post is about a pickling experiment that actually turned out well. When I was out in California 3 years ago for my nephews wedding we went on a winery tour and not only was there great wine but lots of yummy treats.  One of those treats was spicy pickled green beans-they were delicious! My nephew keeps threatening to send us some or bring them when he visits but has yet to do so. When I was making the pickles I decided why not try it with green beans and just add some red-hot pepper flakes?! And they are great! Now, I know that some of you are wondering why didn’t I just go buy them? Well, I couldn’t find them anywhere in New Jersey until, of course I decided to make them myself.

Dillicious Spicy Dilly Beans

Basically, use the same recipe as the pickles but use pint Mason jars and green beans. I used about 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and they were only slightly hot, I would use more next time.  I also didn’t cook the green beans and got different opinions on whether I should or not, about 50/50. My next batch I’m going to blanch them for about 2 or 3 minutes, it just depends on how crunchy you want them. They are a great addition to an appetizer spread, game time munchie or added to a martini or bloody mary!

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Pickle Time!!!

19 Aug

One of my favorite foods in life is the pickle! Yummy dill pickles!  Back in college my friend Mary-Jo had us up to her parents cabin in Pennsylvania for the weekend every summer and every year she would bring her fathers home-made pickles.  They were so delicious they wouldn’t even make it through the first hour. We begged her for the recipe but no luck…until about 10 years ago we had a sort of reunion and went up for a last hoorah because they had sold the place and at long last she shared the recipe with us.  So I have had the recipe sitting in my recipe box all this time and have never tried it out;until now and I am sharing it with you because it is so easy and so good!

Pre-Pickled Pickles

MJ’s Pickles

Kirby Cucumbers (I used 3 per quart jar, they were a bit on the bigger side)

Fresh Dill

Fresh Garlic (think 2 cloves per jar)

4 Tablespoons Salt

6 Cups Water

2 Cups White Vinegar

Quart Size Mason Jars (3-4)

In a large pot bring the water, vinegar and salt to a boil.  While waiting for the liquid to boil, wash the cucumbers and put in jars.  Add about a handful of fresh dill and 1 or 2 large cloves of peeled garlic to each jar.  Use your judgement when it comes to the garlic-I did some jars with more and some less so I could see what I liked better.  When the liquid comes to a boil pour into the jars until covering the cucumbers, put the covers on each jar loosely and put aside for 10 days. Yes, mine sat on my counter for 10 days and we could smell the faint fragrance of the vinegar mixed with garlic and dill, then on the 11th day tighten the seals and refrigerate.  Then EAT! I got rave reviews from my co-workers,  my husband and even my dog!  As for the garlic, the general consensus was, the jars with more garlic were tastier. I hope you won’t wait as long as I did to make these, they are too good!

Voila...Pickle Time!

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