Wednesday, July 30, 2008

God's Bounty

I have been busy in my garden the past couple of weeks. We are enjoying the bounty of the crops we planted. I planted 4 hills of cucumbers and they are producing very well. I took the above picture of one of my cucumber plants that was just loaded with blossoms.
Our two rows of green beans are just loaded with beans. I have been picking every other day and getting two large bowls full with each picking. We have been enjoying them. We eat a lot of them raw, before I can even get them in a pot! Fresh green beans are one of my favorites and I look forward each year to eating more than my fair share!

With all this great produce coming out of our garden I have been busy try to preserve some of the summer goodness. Here is the beginnings of my winter supply.

Dilly Beans and Pickles

Dilly Beans

2 1/2-3 lbs green beans, trimmed

1/4 + 1/8 c canning salt

3 3/4 c vinegar

3 3/4 c water

red pepper flakes

7 cloves of garlic

7 heads of dill

Combine salt, vinegar and water in large saucepot. Bring to boil then turn down heat. Place in jar, 1 head of dill, 1 garlic clove, and 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Pack beans lengthwise into hot jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Ladle hot liquid over beans, leaving 1/4" headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust 2-piece caps. Process pints 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield 7 pints.

These taste SO good in the winter! We just love them!

"Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God" II Chronicles 9:11


  1. We have alot of cucumbers and green beans also. They are one of my favorites though. :) I love canned green beans and homemade pickles, they are the best.

    Thank You so much for your kind words. They mean a lot. :)

  2. Wow you are such a hard worker! I love green beans but I rarely get fresh ones...which you lived closer you could teach me a few things.

  3. When I was growing up, my grandparents had a HUGE garden. I have fond memories of helping Grandma can everything from green beans to grape juice :)

    I'm sorry if this posts twice. Blogger seems to dislike me today!

  4. Oh, you are making me miss home and my mama! I know she's busy doing the exact same thing. Your jars of canned goods are beautiful!


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