Spicy Pickled Beans

4 09 2012

This is my 131st post. Amazing. Not surprising, as I look back and start to draft this post, what I have to say is similar to previous years at this time. The cycle of life continues; the garden grew, now it’s harvest time, final yard projects on the go and prepping for next year, boxes of BC peaches to slice and freeze, apples from the in-laws to cook down, Plum Clafoutis in the oven and… life goes on.

Blogging is interesting. I am not sure how much of it is for me to capture my recipes and experiences or for the benefit of others. I’d like to think that people get something out of what I put into cyberspace. I see the hits and the comments. I especially like when I see hits and get comments for recipes and stories that are traditional. Right now the trending post is for Hungarian lesco, that’s very cool and so seasonal. I have spent most of my kitchen life learning from the women around me, my mom and my grandmothers. I guess I paid attention (or didn’t have much choice ;-)). In fact, as I get older and see the world changing, not always for the better, I pay closer attention to the function of things and how I might be more self-sufficient. In the absence of little people of my own, this blog is my way of putting these teachings out there. Cyberspace has provided a new way of foraging, I think this is good, as long as we develop the disciplines to look beyond the headlines and dig a little deeper.

My recent cyber-foraging brought me to pickled beans. I found this recipe on The Naked Kitchen. I have been meaning to start canning, but I didn’t make time for it again this year. I feel like it deserves more than just a quick session. I want to give it my good solid attention and get the right gear. However, I have known you can pickle without the canning fuss, so when this recipe popped up on Twitter, it was perfect timing because I had a container full of green beans (and T is known to eat a jar of pickles in one sitting, it’s legendary in his family, so I should learn to pickle things). It took me all of 5 min to do this, I waited 5 days to eat them. T says they go great in Caesars ;-).

Spicy Pickled Beans, adapted from The Naked Chef

  • 2 glass canning jars – mine were larger than the recipe (and old ones from my grandma) so I ended up doubling the ingredients. Measure the volume of your canning jars first to see if the vinegar, water and ingredients are enough. If so, go with these ingredients
  • About 1 pound Green Beans – I trimmed the little ends off, but you don’t have to
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and whole
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, cut in half, no seeds (I used a hot pepper from the garden, forget the name, it was hot!)
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 4 fresh Dill or 2 tsp Dill Seed
  • 1 1/2 cups White Vinegar (NOT my favourite ingredient and I’d like to investigate pickling with other vinegars. Any ideas? Let me know)
  • 1 1/2 cups Filtered Water
  • 2 tbsp Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

Stand the beans up in the jars, add half the garlic, mustard seeds, dill, red pepper flakes and jalapeno to each jar. Bring the vinegar, water and salt to a boil on the stove. Pour into the jars, place the seal and lids on. Let cool to room temperature, overnight is fine. Place in the fridge. Wait. 5 Days or so. Eat.

I’m going to pickle everything now.

Eat well, Be well,

Nat

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