Cultured Green Beans

  in Appetizers, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegan


1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 flowering heads dill or handful fresh dill sprigs
Water and sea salt for brine
1 quart jar

  1. Make a brine with a ratio of 2 tablespoons sea salt to 1 quart filtered water.
  2. Add the red pepper flakes, garlic cloves, peppercorns, and dill to jar.
  3. Place the green beans on top of the seasonings, straight up if they are long and thin or sideways if thicker and cut into chunks. Pack them in as tightly as you can. Cover completely with brine solution.
  4. Cover with a lid and allow to ferment on your kitchen counter at 60° to 80°F for 3 to 10 days, tasting to determine when it has fermented to your taste. (It will get tangier as it ferments.) Check frequently to make sure all the beans are submerged.
  5. Transfer to refrigerator.