Going to try Dilly Beans - questions
I figured I'd put up a couple of lbs in 12oz jelly jars instead of pints since I don't know how quickly we'll go through these - and it's easier to find room in the fridge for a tall jelly jar than a pint. What are they good for besides Bloody Mary swizzle sticks ;-)?
Also, 1 tsp of pepper flakes for 8-9 pints (4 lbs of beans) seems wimpy (at least to DH's taste). I know you can increase the amount of dried herbs, etc. so would 1/2 tsp per 12 oz jar be OK? Or is that going to be so hot DH would be the only one to eat them?
Can this be added directly to jar (I was surprised to see the recipe called for boiling the pepper flakes with the vinegar, water and salt)? It seems to me they'd be more evenly distributed that way.
On the other hand, since I'm using smaller jars, I thought I'd add the garlic to the pot rather than trying to measure them into the jars - though I'm using minced garlic in water (not oil) not whole cloves since that's what I have. Also seems safer to boil the garlic in the vinegar (other recipes do) rather than adding whole cloves to the jars (even pints).
I thought I'd sterilize 6 jars just in case, using 2 lbs of beans (I can weigh them - is that before or after trimming?) and make up 6C of brine rather than halving that to 4C, see how many 12 oz jars I end up with since the recipe says 4lbs of beans makes 4 pints (so I'm expecting 5 jars, but don't want to pack them too tightly). I can always refrigerate unused brine - I'd rather have too much than too little. I'd put 1 Tbsp garlic in the 6C of brine (1/2 tsp = 1 clove). Opinions?
This post was edited by ajsmama on Mon, Jul 28, 14 at 14:24