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Pickled Green Beans

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Process: 10 min.


4 pints

Updated: Nov. 18, 2022
This recipe produces zippy little pickled green beans, preserving my veggies for months to come ... if they last that long. I crank up the heat a bit with cayenne pepper. —Marisa McClellan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pickled Green Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-3/4 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 teaspoons dill seed or 4 fresh dill heads
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canning salt


  1. Pack beans into 4 hot 1-pint jars to within 1/2 in. of the top. Add cayenne, garlic and dill seed to jars.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring water, vinegar and salt to a boil.
  3. Carefully ladle hot liquid over beans, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  4. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Pickled Green Beans Tips

How far down should you trim the green beans?

Before you get to pickling, remove the tough, withered ends from the beans. You can do this with a knife or scissors, but your hands work just as well. Ideally, you should trim just enough off to allow the green beans to fit into the mason jars with a half-inch of space at the top. This is a great task for getting your kids involved in the kitchen!

How do you serve pickled green beans?

These pickled green beans make for a great snack on their own. They're also a great addition to a homemade charcuterie board! Here’s how to make a charcuterie board for any party.

How long will pickled green beans last?

An unopened jar of pickled vegetables can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 years. Once opened, it must be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container, for up to 3 months. Try whipping up a batch of pickling spices to keep on hand for future pickling!

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Canning Altitude
The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. For altitudes up to 3,000 feet, add 5 minutes; 6,000 feet, add 10 minutes; 8,000 feet, add 15 minutes; 10,000 feet, add 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

8 green beans: 9 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Free food.

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