1-3/4 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 garlic cloves, peeled
4 teaspoons dill seed or 4 fresh dill heads
2-1/2 cups water
2-1/2 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup canning salt
1. Pack beans into 4 hot 1-pint jars to within 1/2 in. of the top. Add cayenne, garlic and dill seed to jars.
2. In a large saucepan, bring water, vinegar and salt to a boil.
3. Carefully ladle hot liquid over beans, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
4. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Process: 10 min.
YIELD: 4 pints.
8 green beans: 9 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Free food.