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This is basically a canning blog now. Sorry.*
I made dilly beans with Kate. I first made dilly beans a year or two ago, and I made the mistake of giving them to friends and family. My friends and family reacted to the dilly beans the way meth heads react to the free sample of meth.**
So now I make dilly beans every year.

* Also, given The Peach Situation, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. 
** I don’t have any real-life experience here to back up that analogy except that I remember being warned at some point in school (by whom?) about the first hit being free and then you’re ADDICTED!

This is basically a canning blog now. Sorry.*

I made dilly beans with Kate. I first made dilly beans a year or two ago, and I made the mistake of giving them to friends and family. My friends and family reacted to the dilly beans the way meth heads react to the free sample of meth.**

So now I make dilly beans every year.

* Also, given The Peach Situation, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

** I don’t have any real-life experience here to back up that analogy except that I remember being warned at some point in school (by whom?) about the first hit being free and then you’re ADDICTED!

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I hope it worked!
It’ll be about two weeks before I can crack open a can and see how it went, but it seems like it was successful.  The vacuum seal appears to have done its thing. 
The process was easier than I remembered, I think in part because the beans are cold-packed, which means they aren’t cooked first.  I’ve canned applesauce in the past, in much larger quantities, and that involves a lot of food prep and hot food, which is an added wrinkle. 
I also had a realization this time around about canning: it really is a closer relative to washing dishes than it is to cooking.  The satisfaction I get from the finished jars is pretty great, and the end results tend to be really wonderful tasting, but it is a lot of washing of stuff in hot hot soapy water and then boiling of stuff and then making sure everything anything touches is clean, and then washing stuff some more.  There is a lot of washing involved.
p.s. This is the pre-hot-water-bath.  Post-hot-water-bath they look a little bit olive green and are floaty.  I have a picture of those, too, but I couldn’t figure out how to add a second photo.  Also they are uglier.  And it makes me feel better about the canning experience to use the pretty picture.

I hope it worked!

It’ll be about two weeks before I can crack open a can and see how it went, but it seems like it was successful.  The vacuum seal appears to have done its thing. 

The process was easier than I remembered, I think in part because the beans are cold-packed, which means they aren’t cooked first.  I’ve canned applesauce in the past, in much larger quantities, and that involves a lot of food prep and hot food, which is an added wrinkle. 

I also had a realization this time around about canning: it really is a closer relative to washing dishes than it is to cooking.  The satisfaction I get from the finished jars is pretty great, and the end results tend to be really wonderful tasting, but it is a lot of washing of stuff in hot hot soapy water and then boiling of stuff and then making sure everything anything touches is clean, and then washing stuff some more.  There is a lot of washing involved.

p.s. This is the pre-hot-water-bath.  Post-hot-water-bath they look a little bit olive green and are floaty.  I have a picture of those, too, but I couldn’t figure out how to add a second photo.  Also they are uglier.  And it makes me feel better about the canning experience to use the pretty picture.

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In hindsight, I maybe should have waited until I locked down the dill seed before buying the extra pound of green beans.

Anyone know of a good place to look for dill seed in the Portland area?  I tried Whole Foods and LaRoux Kitchen (which also does not have a steamer insert that will fit into our new lobster pot so I can use it for canning).

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