Green Bean Pickle - Chilcotts Farm

Green Bean Pickle

Our Green Bean Pickle is made from fresh green beans, onions and chillies grown at Chilcotts Farm. The pickle has a pleasant warmth from the mustard and chillies, complimented with an underlying sweetness. The green beans give the pickle a substance with a delightful crunchy crispness.

A lovely addition to sandwiches, hot and cold meats, cheeses and many other dishes.


  • 1.3 Kg Green Beans (French Beans and/or Runner Beans)
  • 850 mls Cider Vinegar (Can be previously spiced with pickling spice)
  • 600g Onions
  • 300g Light Brown Sugar
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 90g of Batts Wholegrain Mustard (Lidl own brand, but any prepared mustard)
  • 90g Batts English Mustard (Lidl own brand, but any prepared mustard)
  • 1tbsp Tumeric
  • 2tbsp Celery Salt
  • 1tbsp Corn flour
  • 1 Red Chilli


  • Large pan or Preserving/ Jam pan


  • Wash the jam jars in warm soapy water, rinse and along with the lids, place in a warm oven at about 80°C.

How to make Green Bean Mustard Pickle

  1. Dice the onions and put into a large pan, add the 500ml Cider vinegar.  Cover and simmer until the onions are soft.
  2. Mix the corn flour, turmeric, celery salt and two mustards together and gradually stir into the remaining vinegar until smooth, and no lumps (except for the mustard seeds)
  3. Add the blended vinegar and spices to the pan when the onions are soft.
  4. Add the beans to the pan and cook uncovered for 10 minutes stirring.
  5. Add both the sugars and the beans.  While simmering, continue to occasionally stir until the beans are tender, but not too soft.  The beans should have a slight crunch when you bite into them, this gives a nice texture to the final pickle.
  6. Once cooked, spoon into sterilised jars and seal while hot.

The pickle will keep for a year.  It is advisable to refrigerate the pickle once open.

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