Friday, April 8, 2011

Pickled green beans

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers green beans;
A peck of pickled peppers green beans Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers green beans,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers green beans Peter Piper picked?

Who ever thought I would pickle anything, let alone green beans?
The truth is, I have never had pickled green beans and I don't even know if I will like them (although my love for most things pickled makes me think I will). I was looking for a way to use up some green beans and saw a few pickling suggestions and my curiosity was piqued. I didn't have to buy anything and despite my misconceptions, there was no major prepping or waiting involved. To make my life even easier I used the non-boil method.

The jar has been sitting in my fridge for two days now. It looks nice and I am already imagining eating the green beans this evening alongside a nice piece of soft, strong cheese with a glass of wine to celebrate the week end.

Hope you all have a great one!

1 cup water
1 cup cider vinegar
1tbsp salt (pickling, rock or kosher)
any herb or ingredient you like

I washed out a mason jar with hot water and soap. To be extra careful, I rinsed it with some boiling water.
I then mixed the salt (pickling salt is suggested because it doesn't make the pickling liquid murky, but I read that rock or kosher salt are perfectly fine to use too) until dissolved with a cup of cider vinegar and a cup of water. I put my spices and other ingredients at the bottom of the jar. I think you can pretty much use anything you like and have on hand. I used a teaspoon of coriander seeds, a teaspoon of mustard seeds and a few kernels of pepper. I cut the tops and bottoms off of the string beans and put them in the jar standing up. I sliced a garlic clove and inserted it with a couple of small chili peppers in between the beans and then poured over the vinegar mixture. I sealed the jar and stored it in my fridge. They should be ready after 24-48 hours after making.


  1. Pickles and cheese??? I am IN! Lovely idea! I have never had pickled green beans before but I love pickles in general (and anything with vinegar!)... I am sure they'll be deliciously tangy and spicy! :-)

  2. What graet pictures! Never had this before but am now going to try!

  3. Oh I so wish I could join you over this jar...the wine and the cheese! Lovely! Happy Friday!

  4. Oh my gosh! My mother ( a New Yorker too!) used to make pickled green beans! All through my childhood, jars and jars. I would sit down and eat a whole jar full. That brings back nice memories. Enjoy them!!

  5. My middle one, Alex, would go crazy for these! His two favorite foods are pickles and green beans. They look delicious!

  6. Splendid idea! I have been wanting to expand my pickling repertoire and this is just the way.

  7. This looks terrific! Can't wait to hear how they turned out.

  8. Manu - Come on over!
    Maris - me neither, will let you know.
    DD&W - Perhaps one day...
    Nicole - that is so funny, I had never even heard of them before. Glad they brought back good memories.
    Julie - they are so easy and quick. Both my kids ate them and liked them. It is worth trying.
    Andrea - they turned out just like I imagined them. crunchy, tangy, a little spicy. Can't wait to try other combinations.

  9. ToB - oops, sorry. Skipped you by mistake. I would love to get ideas from your repertoire!


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