I was reading my daily smoking "news" (SMF). I saw KathrynN's post of pickles. I grew dill cukes this year but had very few. However, I could not surrender the inspiration Kat gave me. So, I made pickled beans. I started by firing up the old steam canner on the Webber Genesis. It is too hot around here to boil water in the house. The jars I will be using (6 one cup) are inside to sterilize. While the jars are coming to a boil, I cut my yellow, green and purple beans to length. Out to the garden for some dill. When the jars are sterilized, I added 1/8 teaspoon of dried chilies and 2 small sprigs of dill to each jar. I then stuffed 1 1/4 pounds of trimmed and cut beans into the jars. The recipe only makes 5 jars but I always sterilize an extra just to make sure. I made a brine of: 1 1/4 cup white vinegar 3/4 cup cider vinegar 1 1/2 cups water 3 tablespoons pickling salt 1 clove of garlic Put all in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Remove the garlic. I then poured the brine over the beans. New centres are applied with the bands and into the canner for a 10 minute process time. Out of the canner. And they are done. Now comes the hard part. The beans have to sit for 2 weeks before eating. I will post again when I open and taste them.