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Lemon & Bay Leaf Bean Pickles

Posted by mrsmoosepants Zone 6 (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 22, 11 at 22:20

I saw this recipe added to the Leesa recipe thread, and they looked mighty intriguing.

I just made the lemon cucumber pickles from the big ball book, and they were fantastic.

I was hoping the guys/gals who help us "newbies" could take a look at this recipe. I hope it will be ok to do, because I would love to try it.

Lemon-and-Bay Leaf Bean Pickles
2 3/4 c water
2 c white vinegar (5% acidity)
1/2 c sugar
1/3 c bottled lemon juice
1 tbsp pickling salt
2 1/4 lbs fresh green and/or yellow beans, trimmed (11 c)
8 bay leaves
4 tsp whole black peppercorns (red ones would be fun for color)
8 strips lemon peel

In a 6 to 8 quart stainless-steel enamel or nonstick heavy pot, combine the water, vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Bring to a boiling over medium high heat, stirring constantly until sugar and salt dissolve. Add beans, return to boiling. Boil for 1 minute. Drain beans, reserving the liquid. Return reserved liquid to the pot. Return to a simmer, cover.
Pack hot beans lengthwise into four hot sterilized pint jars, adding two of the bay leaves, 1 teaspoon of the peppercorns and two strips of the lemon peel to each jar.

Pour boiling liquid over beans in jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles from jars and fill to headspace if needed. Process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling).

Makes 4 pints.

Found on Canning Homemade!

Here is a link that might be useful: Recipe Link

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RE: Lemon & Bay Leaf Bean Pickles

Purely a guess, but I would say yes, as the bottled lemon juice is more acidic than vinegar and it's already nearly at 50-50 with the two, which is comparable to the NCHFP recipe.

Generally Better Homes & Gardens is reliable in its canning recipes and is one of the more cautious private sources, though I can't attest to 100%.


RE: Lemon & Bay Leaf Bean Pickles

Thank you very much, i'll be making this this weekend.

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