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Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

Posted by got_bullmastiff (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 23, 12 at 16:30

Hi All,

I made dilly beans for the first time today and I gotta tell you, trying to pack those hot beans into the jars was not pleasant. Anyone have any tips on how to get them in there? I would have had no problem if they were raw pack, but the BBB I have says to hot pack them. (I could have sworn we raw packed them in the Cooperative ext class I took a few years ago)

I tried tongs and holding the jar on it's side but it was hard to get them to stand up.. I ended up putting all the hot beans in a clean bowl and putting them in by hand one by one. Holy hannah that was hot.. but I was afraid they would get over cooked in the hot brine considering how long it was taking me to get them in there.

In the end, I found the whole process to be not worth the effort, but I'd be willing to try again if I can get some tips from ya'll on how to pack hot skinny green beans.

thanks!


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

Uhhh the beans aren't supposed to be hot in my BBB, just the brine is heated and then poured over the beans which are packed into hot jars. Maybe you mis-read?

Use this set of instructions from NCHFP.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Dilled Greed Beans


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

Greed Beans

I like that Dave. They are darned good and Freudian slip or not, it fits.

I lay the jar on the side and fill with the raw beans then turn upright and pour over the hot brine. I get a nice-looking pack with a lot less effort.

Just be sure not to cram too many beans into one jar. You want the brine to circulate around.

Carol


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

Seriously? seriously.. **checks book**

Ok.. I have the "Complete Book of Home Preserving" by Ball. Dilled Beans recipe: page 308

Step 2:
combine salt, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stirring to dissolve salt. Add green and yellow beans and red peppers. Return to a boil. Remove from heat.

Well I'm glad I only did 2 jars. Processing time was 10 minutes. Would raw pack go for 20 minutes?


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

erf.. never mind.. I see the NCHFP recipe says 10... darn.. wish I saw that one before I did all that (annoying) work


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

I raw pack and process per the NCHFP standard. Pre-heating the beans in the brine and then processing for that long sounds like a recipe for limp pickles to me.


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

It did seem really odd to me.. but I followed the book because .. well I am always hesitant to vary from the published materials.


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

If I were making that recipe (and it does sound good) I'd follow the recommendation for cut beans and just pour them into the jar willy-nilly. They'd taste just as good at service.

I think the problem is trying to use that recipe for whole beans and trying to achieve an attractive pack.

Carol


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

Could you sub pickling spice or dried dill for the fresh dill in the NCHFP recipe?


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

You can always sub dried for fresh herbs and seasonings but the problem is the measurement - they are totally different amounts. How much dried would you use?

Dave


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

Thanks Dave. I am just trying to learn what CAN be changed since so many things are different. I bought a new book last year, but I was looking back at an old one. Thanks for always being so helpful.


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RE: Dilly bean tips: hot pack was tricky!

A standard substitution for a head of fresh dill is a tsp of dill seed, rather than dried dill leaf.


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