I come from a long line of canners/preservers but I really haven’t gotten into the swing of canning until the last couple of years.
Now? It’s an obsession. I love to fill my pantry to the brim with the bounty of summer. So last week, when my vegetable co-op offered 21 pounds of green beans for $15, I jumped on it. Little did I realize how many beans are in 21 pounds.
And this is only about 2/3 of my haul. I couldn’t even fit them all in my sink. My mission over the next two days? Canning. And lots of it.
As luck would have it, the awesome folks over at Ball Canning contacted me a while back to see if I would like to participate in their National Can it Forward Day hosted by Ted Allen of Chopped fame, which officially takes place this Saturday, August 17. OF COURSE I said yes…I mean, Ball has been the leader in canning and preserving for over 125 years. I couldn’t wait to try out what they were sending my way.
I ended up receiving a six pack of the fabulous blue Heritage Collection Jars, and a Canning Discovery Kit, both of which I used to create this recipe, as well as an invaluable copy of The Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. All three of these items make up the awesome giveaway at the end of this post, so please, don’t forget to enter!
Now back to my canning. After I’d made 24 pints of regular old canned green beans, I was only halfway through my box o’ beans. I thought on what I’d like to make with the rest of them and AHA! Of course. Spicy Dilly Beans. Perfect for snacking and even MORE perfect in a bloody mary.
After I’d cleaned my beans, I trimmed them.
Next, I gathered my ingredients – vinegar, salt, peppercorns, dill, garlic and red pepper flakes.
An important part of canning? Making sure all components are ready to go. A good set up is imperative.
These are the Heritage Collection Jars from Ball. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Assembly time. First the spices, garlic and dill go in…
then the beans.
They are topped with the brine and into the water bath they go for 10 minutes.
Simple, eh? Canning is nothing to be afraid of…it’s not difficult. It just takes a little time and preparation – which will all be worth it tenfold when you crack a jar of these open in the middle of January. Summer in a jar (and don’t forget to make that bloody mary!).
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL CAN-IT-FORWARD DAY
National Can-it-Forward Day events page can be found here.
National Can-it-Forward Day Pinterest page.
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