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    Sweet Pickled Green Beans

    We love dilly beans, but using a sweet brine and dried chile peppers gives pickled green beans a unique twist.

    Ingredients

    • 2 pounds green beans, stem ends trimmed (about 9 cups)
    • 6-18 dried chile peppers (small and whole)
    • 3 cups distilled white vinegar, or cider vinegar
    • 3 cups water
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sea salt

    Instructions

    Step 1
    Place a large bowl of ice water next to the stove. Bring a large pot of water to a boil in a large pot. Add half of the green beans, cover, return to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans to the ice water to cool. Repeat with the remaining beans.
    Step 2
    Drain the cooled beans and divide among 6 pint-size (2-cup) canning jars or similar-size tempered-glass or heatproof-plastic containers with lids. Add 1 to 3 chile peppers to each jar.
    Step 3
    Combine vinegar, 3 cups water, sugar and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar and salt dissolve. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
    Step 4
    Carefully fill jars (or containers) with brine to within 1/2 inch of the rim, covering the beans completely. (Discard any leftover brine.)
    Step 5
    Place the lids on the jars (or containers). Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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