Taste Tested: Caesar Beans


This week, Julia’s got a recipe she’s ‘bean’ waiting to share for months!


“I’ll just come out and say it – I’m not big on Caesars. A�Please don’t turn me over to the Mounties! A�What I am big on? Pickled anything. A�And Caesars, bless their hearts, just happen to come with their own pickle tray. A� This recipe for dill beans will add the crowning touch to your next round of you-know-whats while keeping those pickle purists from clamming up.”


Recipe: Caesar Beans

Dress up your next charcuterie or cheese plate with a few of these dilly delights!


  • 4 cups Ontario apple cider vinegar ( 5% acidity)
  • 3 tbsp pure kosher salt
  • 8 sprigs Ontario dill
  • 4 cloves Ontario garlic
  • 8 dried red hot chillies
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (add more if you want a spicier bean)
  • 2 lbs trimmed crisp Ontario green or yellow beans


  1. Wash the jars and keep them completely submerged in a canning pot with boiling water. Do the same with lids in a small saucepan.
  2. Combine vinegar, 4 cups of water and salt in a large pot. Stir to dissolve the salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove hot jars from canning pot and place upright on a folded towel.
  4. Divide dill, garlic, chillies, peppercorns and cayenne pepper into each jar. Pack the beans into each jar.
  5. Ladle vinegar mixture into each jar. Leave 1/2 inch headspace in each jar and make sure all beans are submerged.
  6. Remove bubbles in jar using chopsticks or the end of a wooden spoon.
  7. Wipe rims of jars with a clean towel. Use tongs to grab a flat lid out of the saucepan and put a lid on each jar. Screw on lids.
  8. Return the jars to water in the canning pot. Bring to a simmer for 12 minutes.
  9. Remove jars to towel and leave overnight. (If jar lids haven’t sealed or “popped” after one hour, refrigerate jar and mark as “ready for snacking!”)

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20A�minute(s)

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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