Get green and yellow beans, absolutely dew-drop fresh from the Farmer’s Market or directly from your favorite local farmer. Organic garlic. Fresh dill flowers. And lovely, long red chile peppers called Arbol chiles.
For 4 pint jars (multiply as you wish):
2 1/2 cups white distilled vinegar
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup pickling salt
4 garlic cloves (or more to taste)
dill flower seed heads
Cleaning and preparing the garlic cloves. Choose your biggest and most attractive cloves.
Prepare a boiling water bath and sterilize your jars, caps and screw tops. Wash and trim the beans. Combine the vinegar, water and salt and bring the brine to a boil. Pack jars tightly without bruising the beans, into sterilized jars into which you have place dill flowers heads, 2-4 cloves of garlic and 1-2 arbor chiles. Slowly pour the hot brine over the beans. wipe the rims, add the rings/screw tops and process in water bath for 5 minutes. Let these pickles cure for two weeks at least before eating.
Is this a mess? Yes. Does it take some time? Yes. Put some music on, pour a glass of wine, perhaps, and enjoy the fun of perfect food prep and the gift of excellent nutrition for your family!