These zingy pickles take only about an hour to prepare, but provide many months' worth of snacking. Serve them alongside burgers, add to Bloody Marys, or just eat them straight from the jar.
Makes 6 pts. (serving size: 1/2 cup)
1. Gather canning equipment and heat water in a canner as directed at sunset.com/canningsteps
2. Heat vinegar, 3 1/2 cups water, the salt, and sugar together in a medium pot until boiling. Put a ginger slice, garlic clove, and chile in each of 6 pint-size canning jars. Pack jars with green beans.
3. Pour hot liquid over beans, leaving a 1/2-in. headspace at the top. Put lids on top and screw on rings firmly--but don't force.
4. Process jars 10 minutes. Check that jars are sealed (see sunset.com/canningsteps) and store in a cool, dark place up to 2 years, or chill any that didn't seal; they'll keep up to 1 month.