I find that pickles make a perfect pre-dinner snack in that they are vinegary and salty enough to prepare your palate for dinner, yet not too filling to ruin your appetite. Before I discovered home pickling, I would keep at least 2 to 3 jars of Safeway’s Zesty Dill Pickles on hand at all times for pre-meal time snacking. I know which local joints serve pickles with their burgers/sandwiches and make sure I always ask for extras. While I haven’t had my sodium levels checked in a while, I see no problem with my overzealous pickle consumption… Did I mention how many likeminded pickle lovers you’ll meet if you reserve your homemade brine and bring it to parties for use in pickle backs? Last Christmas I was gifted my first pickling book, Linda Ziedrich’s – The Joy of Pickling. My reality of pickling was forever changed; who knew there were so many varieties and options for pickling… New to the pickling hobby, I decided to play it safe and stick with something I was guaranteed to enjoy: Zydeco Beans or ZydeGo Beans as I call them. I was recently informed of my label typos and that I have been misspelling Zydeco for the past 11mos. This modified spicy pickling brine is fool proof, in so that I have begun swapping out the beans for other veggies such as carrots and cucumbers.
- 3lbs green beans
- 6 garlic cloves, sliced
- 6-12 fresh dill heads or 6 tsp of dill seed (optional)
- 6 tsp whole yellow mustard seed
- 3 tsp whole black peppercorns (optional)
- 3 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
- 3 tsp coriander seed (optional)
- 3-6 small fresh hot peppers
- 3-1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar
- 3-1/2 cup of water
- 2 Tbsp pickling/sea salt
- Wash and trim green beans.
- Evenly divide mustard seed, black peppercorns, caraway seed, coriander seed, garlic, hot peppers, and dill between sterilized 5-6 pint jars. Pack prepared jars with beans or cucumbers.
- Combine water, cider vinegar, and salt in a medium-sized, non-reactive pot. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour over packed jars leaving 1/2" headspace.
- Wipe rims and apply lids. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes (starting time after the pot has returned to a boil).