This is a good way to can some of those extra beans you have each year. Make sure you use tender young beans for best results.
Helen's Pickled String Beans
4 quarts string beans, fresh or canned
1 cup sugar
1 quart vinegar*
2 Tbls. mixed spices*
Wash fresh string beans. Remove strings. Cover with water to which 1/2 tsp. salt has been added per quart. Cook till tender. Cover with a pickling syrup made with sugar, vinegar, and spices. Boil 10 minutes.
*The mixed spices would be pickling spices.
*The vinegar would be white vinegar.
*My directions: Once the beans are cooked, drain them. Bring the syrup to a boil (sugar, vinegar, and spices). Arrange beans in sterilized pint jars. Pour hot syrup over top to within 1/2". Wipe off rim of glass with a clean rag. Place on lid and screw bands (that you have placed in hot water). You can process for 10 minutes as Helen indicated or allow the jars to seal themselves.