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Dilly Beans are delicious with all sorts of meals or as a snack. (This is from the original Ball Blue Book) I have been making this recipe for many years.


  • 2 lbs Green Beans
  • Garlic cloves
  • 2 ½ cups of vinegar
  • 4 Dill heads
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1/4 cup of canning salt
  • About a teaspoon of cayenne pepper


  1. Trim the ends of beans and place them in a bowl of icy water. Combine vinegar, water and salt in a large pot and bring it to a boil. (The steam produced from boiling vinegar can take your breath away, so be careful not to be directly over the pot.) Using hot sterilized jars, pack the green beans length wise into each jar. Add the following to each jar: ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a clove or two of garlic and one dill head. Ladle the hot liquid over the beans, leaving ¼ inch head space. Make sure you remove the air bubbles. Place the caps on the jars and process them in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes. Enjoy!