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Discoloration on Beans For Dilly Beans #361832

Asked September 12, 2016, 1:31 AM EDT

Hello, I wondered if it was safe to eat Dilly Beans that were prepared with beans that looked like this? Ones that were this bad did not go in the jars. These are the worst, but a good amount within the jars have a few markings like this, but less than what you see. My roommate was told at farmer's market that they were find, and got overzealous and canned them, had I known I would have held off until we knew. Are they okay to eat raw or cooked? Also, is it okay that she added a small amount of extra dry spice to the jar? She put peppercorns, mustard seed, and a touch of dried dill seed in each jar. Thank you.

Bexar County Michigan

Expert Response

Hi,
Those are poor quality green beans.  Don't waste the time and money and resources using them.  There is a computer saying "garbage in, garbage out".  Processing the beans will not improve the quality nor make them safe.
If you choose to eat them raw or cooked, cut out the rust and throw away rusty part.  It is already in the process of spoiling. 
My recommendation is to throw away the dilly green beans that have been canned using the rusty green beans. Adding extra spices DOES NOT make them safe!
Sincerely,
Chris
Christine Venema Replied September 14, 2016, 2:14 PM EDT

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