Sweet String Bean Pickles

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2quartstring beans (ends trimmed and strings removed)
1quartcider vinegar
3tablespoonmixed pickling spices (tied in cheesecloth)
2 bay leaves
1 1⁄2cuponions (chopped)
1⁄2cupred bell pepper (coarsely chopped)


Cook beans uncovered in boiling salted water to cover 3 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold running water until cool; drain; reserve.

Heat vinegar, sugar, pickling spices, peppercorns, bay leaves and garlic in medium-size saucepan to boiling; reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered 10 minutes. Remove and discard spice bag; add onions and red pepper. Simmer 10 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves and garlic

Pack beans upright in jars up to 1-inch from tops. Using slotted spoon, spoon a sixth of the onions and red pepper from syrup into each jar. Place dill sprig in each jar. Pour in hot syrup, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Process in boiling-water bath 15 minutes.

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