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Cayenne-Spiced Dilly Beans


  • 2 pounds green beans
  • 4 heads dill flower
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 cayenne peppers, or 4 pinches red pepper flakes
  • 2 ½ cups vinegar
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 4 large pinches yellow mustard seed


  1. Snap the stem end off the beans and cut them to the height of a pint-sized mason jar.
  2. Stuff the jars full of beans.
  3. Stuff in one head of dill flower, one clove of garlic, and one cayenne pepper into each jar.
  4. Add 3 peppercorns and a large pinch of mustard seed to each jar. (If you’re using pepper flakes add them now.)
  5. Meanwhile bring the vinegar, water, and salt to a boil.
  6. Ladle the hot vinegar salt water into each jar leaving ½” headspace.
  7. Wipe the rims and top with rings and lids.
  8. Process the beans in a water bath for 10 minutes.
  9. Allow them to sit in the brine for at least a week before sampling so the flavors have time to blend.
  • Author: Reformation Acres