Dilly Beans

In Celebration of Dill

August 10, 2012 , In: The Garden, Yum! , With: 2 Comments

Woo hoo!  One of my dill plants survived!  I’ll admit that it’s not the most beautiful plant – but I’ve never had one survive before.  Perhaps the silver spoon plant marker gave it hope and purpose in life.


Have you ever forked over $5 at a high end grocery store for a jar of dilled green beans?  I’m here to tell you that they are so easy to make that it almost brings me to tears.  The first recipe I saw and the one I still use today is from the Ball Blue Book.  The recipe is for 4 pints, but I have only one amazing head of dill…the sole survivor of my dill growing black thumb.  And, I’m impatient.

Dilly Beans in a Jiffy

One head of dill, plus a few dill fronds is all I need for a jar of Dilly Beans.  There are enough green beans in the garden to fill a jar – I’m all set!


String beans – enough to cram in your jar

2-4 cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon pickling salt (just make sure it doesn’t contain iodine – like Kosher salt)

1 C white vinegar

1  C water

A pinch of red pepper flakes

1 head of dill

One quart jar with ring and lid


  1. Wash the jar, lid, and ring really REALLY well.  You don’t want moldy refrigerator pickles.
  2. Boil salt, vinegar, water, and pepper.
  3. Pack beans in the jar.  Pick your best to put on the outside of the jar. It is easier to push and force the jar full of beans in the middle.
  4. Add the garlic cloves.
  5. Add the dill head and extra dill fronds or dried dill of you’re a big fan.
  6. Add the red pepper flakes
  7. Pour boiling mix into the jar, leaving 1/2″ head space.
  8. Get all bubbles out of liquid by tapping the jar on the counter
  9. Wipe and clean up threads and top of jar.
  10. Put lid and ring on.
  11. Cool and put in the refrigerator.
  12. The instructions say to wait 4 weeks for them to develop flavor….I’m still laughing about that one.

If you have loads of dill heads and beans, check out the Ball Blue Book for full canning and processing instructions.

As for me – I’m just going to stare at the jar until it’s nice and cold…then have me some dilly beans!

I probably won’t share.


    • Elaine Trites
    • August 10, 2012

    Hope we get a few things out of our garden, so hot and dry here this summer that daily watering just isn’t doing it! You would think living with the ocean surrounding 90% of the province that we would have some rain!

  1. Hello, my fellow parolee! I’ve never had dilled green beans but you can bet that I’m going to try some! I actually had dill that reseeded and survived, in the soil in one of the geraniums that I overwintered in my garage…so I, too, have ONE dill plant…and it’s glorious….maybe I need to make it a spoon marker…NEXT YEAR (I mean…it’s late in the season…dill has to have something to aspire to…right?) xo

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