Pickled Green Beans

The theme for Monday posts in August is Something Else.

It’s not salads or sides or grilling or smoking.

I’m not highlighting a favorite vegetable or other food.

These recipes are just going to be the odd things I make – because.

Like Pickled Green Beans

I plant pole beans rather than bush beans.

Bush beans produce everything all at once, which is great if you plan on canning or freezing them. Or have a market stall.

Pole beans produce smaller quantities over several weeks, allowing one to enjoy them at a moderate pace.

However, there are still periods of time when the production exceeds the ability to eat.

When that happens I freeze the extra – or make pickles.

These are what is commonly known as ‘refrigerator’ pickles. The vegetables are not processed in the brine, but just allowed to soak in it, absorbing flavors.  Unlike proper, processed and canned or bottled pickles they do not keep longer than 3 – 4 weeks. Still good, tho….

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Pickled Green Beans

These are easy to make and fun to have at a picnic or barbecue.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Pickles


  • 24oz (720gr) green beans, trimmed,
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled, cut in half
  • 1 1/2 cups (12oz, 360ml) cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups (12oz, 360ml) white wine tarragon vinegar
  • 2/3 cup (4.5oz, 130gr) sugar
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs mustard seed
  • 1 tbs dill seed
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 cups water


  • Blanch beans in boiling water for 3 minutes.
  • Drain, and put in cold water to cool.
  • Put beans and garlic in a bowl.
  • Heat remaining ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • Let cool 10 minutes.
  • Pour over beans.
  • Cover and refrigerate.  Will be ready in a day; better in 2 or 3.


Use green, yellow or purple beans. They are ready in a day but better after 2 or 3 days.


  • Serving Size: a few
  • Calories: 49
  • Sugar: 5.8 g
  • Sodium: 7.7 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: green beans, pickles

Pickled String Beans

Or try the cucumber version: Refrigerator Pickles

That’s it!

6 thoughts on “Pickled Green Beans”

  1. Yup, green beans just about any way you can make them and this is one of them. I like these so this is a keeper 😉

    I plant bush beans. I tried pole beans one year. I must have had a really good year for soil. They grew everywhere! I was tying them to anything I could find and then some. It was a little overwhelming because they ended up overtaking the other plants in the garden as well. I’ll stick with the bush beans 😉

    • You tied them?!? I just put up canes and strings and they take care of themselves. Bush beans are too overwhelming for me. I suppose I could stagger the plantings…..

      • I had to tie them. They started growing on the ground rather than up for whatever reason and were reaching for everything low. My cukes, beets, tomatoes, they totally ignored the poles and strings and I’d made a wonderful area for them to cover. It was all blank! I don’t know what was going on that year, but it was a disaster. So I tied several of the larger leaders up and eventually, they took over the frame I’d made, but they were still trying to grow all over my other plants. I’ve been pretty happy with the bush beans though. And I do stagger them so I get an almost constant harvest.

        • I have learned that there is no such thing as normal regarding my vegetable garden. Every year is different. I may try bush beans. It’s been so windy this last summer I was afraid the pole beans would blow over.

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