Thursday, August 4, 2011


Helping with the cutting for canning some beans.  I used the recipe, Pungent Green Beans, from the book,
Preserving the Harvest.

Pungent Green Beans

(Need a boiling-water-bath canner and the recipe will make approximately 5 1-pint jars)

3 lbs. green beans, washed and trimmed
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water
3 cups white wine vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon celery salt
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1.  Cut the beans to a uniform size.  I cut them to about 2 - 2 1/2 inches.
2.  Cook the beans in boiling water until just tender, about 4 - 5  minutes.
3.  In a large saucepan, heat the oil and saute the onion and garlic until soft.
4.  Add the water, vinegar, sugar, celery salt, and pepper to the onion mixture and boil until the sugar has dissolved.
5.  Add the beans and boil in the vinegar mixture for 2 minutes.
6.   Ladle into hot, clean jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace.
7.  Seal and process in a boiling-water-bath canner for 15 minutes.


  1. You have some lovely helpers! :)

  2. Love having helpers in the kitchen!

  3. Almost sounds like dilly beans...without the you serve it as a side dish or more like dilly beans?

  4. Ah beans. I didn't grow any this year and I miss them (even though they wouldn't be producing yet) :) Just knowing that I won't be putting them up this year is a sad, sad thought..

    Blessings, Debbie

  5. don't remind me of how desperately i need to get into my 'farm'. my boy is still recovering from a tonsillecotmy...and the garden is still growing...the knowing haunts me cells with the need to move out there...all in good time.


  6. Wow, that sounds yummy...thanks for passing it along!

  7. Tonya...This is a scene from my kitchen, any meal, any time. I love their help, I love thier quiet concentration, I love their company. Such blessings indeed!
    xo Jules

  8. I can't wait until I find someone to teach me how to can. I don't want to try it myself just because I'm afraid of botulism and all that. But until then, I'll just live vicariously through your posts...

  9. I made a batch....and blogged about it. :)