Just when I thought I had seen and tried it all, this week I saw the light. The coupon clipping light.
It's true. I clipped, I planned, I even made a list... and I saved.
Oh boy, did I save. And now I'm hooked.
Not hooked in the way that I'll carry around a five pound coupon binder, price checking every item as I stroll down the aisles. Or, in the way that I'll dive in your dumpster looking for extra Sunday Circulars...
But, after seeing just how significant the savings can be for my own family, and to be able to give quite a bit to charity, too... this coupon clipper is here to stay.
So, what does coupon clipping have to do with canning?
A lot. By taking advantage of your resources when they are the most cost-effective and flavorful, you're not only being a good steward of your money, but you're also ensuring healthier, fresher meals all year round. Because, let's face it, couponing doesn't often cover the "good" stuff like fresh meats and produce.
But canning... can.
So this week's Sunday Supper, which is hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks, is all about preserving the harvest. And while it sounded intriguing, I'll admit I was a little intimidated by it all. Luckily, a few weeks back was our desserts in jars theme, so I now owned some jars. I just didn't know what to do with them. So I asked my friend Kristin from Motley Crops if she had any ideas, and she gave me this recipe.
Kristin runs my favorite produce/flower stand at the local Farmers Market. And each week I delight in trying new and beautiful produce like pea shoots, garlic scapes, and beet greens. So, when she sent over this recipe for Dilly Beans, I knew it was going to be a winner. And it is.
First off, I adore green beans. And when mixed with one of my all time favorite herbs, dill... well, I'm in heaven. Then add some mustard, garlic and a bit of heat... all blended with vinegar for a well-rounded tang. Wow, could this recipe get any better?
I can see these Dilly Beans on a green salad with bacon and hard boiled eggs. Chopped up in a chicken salad to add some crunch. Eaten straight out of the jar for a low carb and healthy snack. Or as Kristin mentioned, as a perfect addition to a Bloody Mary...
I'll take two, please.
Deep South Dilly Beans
1) Wash and flash steam green beans. Then pack into hot sterilized jars.
2) To each jar add:
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 heads dill (2 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
4) Check to make sure the seal on the jars is completely dry and add lids. The lids will seal as they cool. These are best eaten after at least 2-3 weeks to let the flavors meld.
Note: Please refer to the USDA Canning Guidelines for more information about safe canning practices. I am not a canning expert, and am simply passing on a traditional recipe.
Want more great recipes on preserving your harvest? Check out these fantastic submissions from our Sunday Supper Crew... and let's get canning!
Chow Chow Relish from Magnolia Days
Homemade Hot Dog Relish from Juanita's Cocina
Apricot Ginger Jam from Happy Baking Days
Banana Jam from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream from Gotta Get Baked
Blueberry Lemon Basil Jam from Daily Dish Recipes
Candied Watermelon Rind from What Smells So Good?
Fig and Strawberry Jam from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
Mixed Berry Rhubarb Jam from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Mulberry Jam from Curious Cuisiniere
Quick Peacharine Chutney from Shockingly Delicious
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Freezer Jam from Cookin' Mimi
Strawberry Butter from The Urban Mrs
Other Outstanding Recipes:
Fireweed Jelly from The Foodie Army Wife
Flavoured Butters from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Gravlax from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Corn Cob Jelly from Blueberries and Blessings
Deep South Dilly Beans from Eat, Move, Shine
Fermented (Sour) Pickles from Growing Up Gabel
Fire Roasted Salsa from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Hot and Spicy Giardiniera from The Messy Baker
Hot Italian Giardiniera from Healthy. Delicious.
Jalapeños en Escabeche (Pickled Jalapeños) from La Cocina de Leslie
Oi Kimchi (Korean Cucumber Kimchi) from kimchi MOM
Refrigerator Dill Pickles from Country Girl in the Village
Spicy Sweet Tomato Chutney from Food Lust People Love
Traditional Escabeche (Pickle) from Basic N Delicious