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I am so ready to plant my garden and with today’s heat spike in the 50′s I am looking forward to getting my nails dirty. In the spirit of of the upcoming gardening season I found this canning recipe that I am definitely going to make. I got the recipe from the Whole Foods Website. Is anyone else getting excited about spring and fresh garden vegetables?

Windy City Wasabeans

Makes 6 pints, Serves 24

Enjoy these spicy pickled green beans with a crispy crunch in a zesty Niçoise salad, as a Bloody Mary garnish, wrapped in salami for an appetizer or chopped and mixed in tuna salad. This recipe is courtesy of professional pickler Rick Field of Rick’s Picks.


2 cups water
2 cups white vinegar (5% acid)
3/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 small cheesecloth bag or 4X4-inch square piece of cheese cloth and kitchen twine
1 1/2 dried chile peppers, broken up
1 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns (tellicherry, if available)
6 tablespoons wasabi powder
24 peeled whole garlic cloves
4 pounds fresh green beans
Special equipment: 6 (1-pint) canning jars with lids and screw bands