Refrigerator pickled green beans are quick and easy to prepare and pack a bright and tangy punch in each crisp bite!
It is the first week of March, and Old Man Winter continues his drunken binge piling up the snow, with no thaw yet in sight. I am combating cabin fever by thinking warm thoughts and preparing summer recipe favorites, like these pickled green beans.
Pickled Green Beans
The mild flavor of green beans make them ideal for pickling, and equally as versatile as the more popular pickling cucumber. Green beans can be canned, refrigerator
Refrigerator Pickled Green Beans
This pickled green beans recipe is designed for refrigerator storage. One pound of green beans will fit tightly in a quart jar and then the pickling liquid is simmered on the stove-top to allow the flavors to combine before pouring into the jar with the beans.
This recipe is highly customizable, add and subtract herbs and seasonings of your choice and it will still turn out great, or use a homemade pickling spice blend. Want spicy pickled green beans? Add a bunch more crushed red peppers and hot sauce! Heck, after testing this recipe I made another batch with Ghost Pepper Sauce added to it.
Can I use regular salt instead of pickling Salt?
Pickling salt is used in canning and pickling recipes because it is free from additives like iodine, which will make the pickling liquid cloudy. Instead of using table salt you can substitute kosher salt or pure sea salt. Since the grain size is larger, Kosher salt will not be a perfect substitution but it will be close enough that you shouldn't be able to notice the difference.
How Long Should Pickled Green Beans Sit Before Eating
The refrigerator pickled green beans need to sit for at least a day before enjoying, but two days is best. As the pickles sit they continue to soak up flavor, so it is best not to rush things.
Can I Can Pickled Green Beans?
Canning recipes are tested for safety, ensuring proper preservation conditions, such as PH, have been met. If not, your canning recipe could make everyone sick, or worse. This recipe has not been tested for safe canning, so I would recommend limiting this recipe for storage in the refrigerator only. You can easily find safe canning recipes online for green beans.
Dilly beans are a popular pickled bean, similar to dill pickles or my dill pickled okra. If you wish to create a dilly bean version with this recipe you can simply add a head or branch of fresh dill to your quart jar and proceed with the recipe as written.
Refrigerator Pickled Green Beans
- 1 pound Green Beans (trimmed)
- 2 cups White Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Pickling Salt
- 2 tablespoons Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Mustard Seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
- 2 cloves Garlic (smashed)
- 1 Bay leaf
- Pack one pound of fresh green beans very tightly into a clean quart jar.
- Add all other ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes, or until sugar and salt have fully dissolved.
- Pour pickling liquid over the beans, cover jar with lid, and place in the refrigerator for two days, to allow flavors to saturate the beans.
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