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Cold-Pickled Green Beans

Cold-Pickled Green Beans

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The Magpie

These beans are cold-pickled rather than canned. Crispy and delicious, the pickled beans will stay fresh for several months as long as they're kept cold -- if they last that long!

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Original recipe yields 48 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 7 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.6g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 26 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Stir the tarragon vinegar and water together in a bowl.
  2. Pack each jar with green beans so they stand on end without crowding. Into each jar, place 1 sprig of fresh dill, 1/4 teaspoon of celery seed, 1/4 teaspoon of mustard seed, 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 8 to 10 whole black peppercorns, and 2 garlic clove halves. Sprinkle a pinch of salt into each jar.
  3. Fill the rest of the space in the jars with the tarragon vinegar-water mixture, place the lids on the jars, and refrigerate overnight.
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I loved the idea of "not hot canning"! I did find that mine turned out a little "bland" for our taste. I didn't have tarragon vinegar and used cider with fresh tarragon instead so maybe that could be why. I re-worked them a bit, added wine vinegar,some sea salt, sugar and a few more spices; then heated the vinegar mixture just until things disolved nicely. I increased the ratio of vinegar to water. For our taste, that was better. It's such an easy recipe that you can quickly make changes to suit your own taste!


I agree, they are a little bland (though the pickling vinegar would make a great salad dressing) - and I think it would be better to blanch the green beans first.


i feel bad giving only one star (I HAVE NEVER YET) but...heck...we like tarragon vinegar and the rest of the ingredients...but...well when we tried them they were well yucky...i followed the recipe EXACTLY and came up disappointed...i followed the directions EXACTLY as well...i tasted the vinegar before using and it was so sorry ... i was so looking forward to these and the recipe was so easy and quick...i wonder what happened...???