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V Dilly Beans

This recipe can easily be cut in half. If you don't like spicy things, omit the hot peppers. Fresh chile peppers can be used, and is what I prefer to use. Complete in about 45 minutes. Jars need to sit for at least 2 weeks prior to eating for optimum flavor.

6 cups water
1 cup pickling salt
6 cups distilled white vinegar
8 heads fresh dill weed
1/2 cup pickling spice
1/2 cup mustard seed
8 dried red chile peppers
16 cloves garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon alum

5 pounds fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed

Sterilize 8 (1 pint) jars in boiling water for at least 5 minutes.

Combine the water, pickling salt and vinegar in a large pot, and bring to a boil. When it begins to boil, reduce heat to low, and keep at a simmer while you pack the jars.

In each jar place the following: 1 head of dill, 1 tablespoon of pickling spice, 1 tablespoon of mustard seed, 1 dried chile pepper, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1/8 teaspoon of alum. Pack beans into the spiced jars in a standing position.

Ladle the hot brine into jars, leaving 1/2 inch of space at the top. Screw the lids onto the jars, and process in a hot water bath for 6 minutes to seal. Store for at least 2 weeks before eating.