Green beans make for delicious pickles, especially when paired with red peppers and garlic. Grab a couple of pounds from your local farmers' market during peak season and you'll have homemade pickles to enjoy the rest of the year.
Pack beans into hot jars, trimming to fit 1/2 inch from top. Add 1 pepper, 1 garlic clove (quartered), 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds, and 1/2 teaspoon dill seeds to each jar.
Bring vinegar, 5 cups water, and pickling salt to a boil; pour into each jar, filling to 1/2 inch from top. Remove air bubbles; wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids; screw on bands.
Process in a boiling-water bath 10 minutes. 1 3/4 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper may be substituted for hot red peppers. Add 1/4 teaspoon per jar.