Pickled Wax Beans Recipe

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Although any combination of beans can be used for this canning recipe, sturdy wax beans maintain their crispness through the canning process.
4 half-pint jars SERVINGS


  • 1 dry quart (about 1-1/2 pounds) wax beans, or a mix of beans
  • 1-1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons finely milled sea salt
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, divided
  • 4 teaspoons dill seeds, divided
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, divided


  • Prepare a boiling water bath and sterilize 4 half-pint jars. Place 4 lids in a small saucepan of simmering water.
  • Wash and trim beans so they fit in jars. Cut particularly long beans in half.
  • Combine vinegar, water and salt (the pickling liquid) in medium saucepan. Bring to boil.
  • While pickling liquid heats, pack beans into jars, pushing them down to leave 1/2 inch headspace. To each jar, add 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon dill seeds and 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns.
  • Slowly pour hot brine over beans, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. After jars are full, use a wooden chopstick to dislodge any trapped air bubbles. Add liquid to return headspace to 1/2 inch.
  • Wipe rims, apply lids and rings, and process jars submerged in boiling water for 10 minutes. Let pickles sit for at least a week before eating.

    Looking for more information on canning and additional canning recipes? Read 3 Easy Home Canning Recipes.


Pickled Wax Beans

I tried this take on traditional dilly beans one year when my CSA share included multitudinous wax beans. After eating all I could fresh, I turned to pickling and was delighted to discover they were just as good in brine as their green brethren. Sturdy wax beans retain crispness through the boiling water-bath process, but you can use any combination of beans for this pickle. I’m fond of mixing several colors of beans in a single jar.

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