Monday, July 26, 2010

picked a peck of pickled peppers


I have searched the internet on how to pickle banana peppers and finally found something that seemed easy enough and did not require a canner.  It came from a discussion forum at http://www.discusscooking.com/.  Someone posted their recipe 'Connie's Pickled Banana Peppers'...so, thanks Connie!  I will not know if they actually turned out for 2 weeks, I'll update then!  I only did 2 pints today, but plan on doing more when I get the time.  I also want to do pickled jalapenos!  I need to do it pretty soon, my plants are FULL of peppers!  As you can tell from the above pic, I used a variety of peppers...sweet banana peppers, hot banana peppers, and a few jalapenos.  I'm excited to see how these taste, b/c I love them on sandwiches!

What you need to pickle your peckers...oops, I mean peppers -
  • 1/2 cup salt (I used pickling salt, b/c I read somewhere else that regular salt would turn your peppers a dark color)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 quart white vinegar
  • 1/2 t. mustard seed
  • 1 t. peppercorns
  • 1 t. celery seed
  • 1 t. turmeric **I omitted this
  • 2-3 pods of garlic (I used 2 cloves - 1 in each pint jar)
  • 2 sliced jalapeno peppers*
  • 2 packed cups sliced sweet banana peppers, seeded*
*I used a variety of peppers and sliced enough to fill 2 pint jars

Bring first 6 ingredients to a boil, then let simmer for 30 minutes.  Pack banana pepper rings, jalapenos and garlic into jars.  Pour hot vinegar solution into filled jars.  Allow to cool, then store in refrigerator.  Let stand 2 weeks before opening.

The spices and vinegar smelled really good!

and they look so pretty :-D

Just beware - when all the recipes advise wearing gloves...WEAR GLOVES.  I, of course, did not because I thought I was dealing mainly with sweet banana peppers and it wouldn't be a problem.  However, just a few hot peppers can cause some burnin'!!  My fingers were on fire for a while after.  Thank goodness it wasn't too bad, but I definitely know to wear them next time - especially when I pickle jalapenos!

6 comments:

  1. What a good idea and I like the suggestion to put them on sandwiches. I've heard that peppers are supposed to be a food that revs up the old metabolism too.

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  2. I learned about the glove thing the hard way! Oh lordy...accidently rubbed my nose and thought I was gonna die shortly there after!

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  3. Can you come cook at my house?

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  4. We eat a lot of peppers in our house. I even love using the juice in turkey burgers to give them a peppery kick!

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  5. If I ever have kids I might send them to live with you until they're about 3. Then I'll come pick them up. I'll pay you child support even.

    My parents like making pepper jelly with their peppers. I don't like pepper jelly but I'm sorta picky about peppers so I can't tell you if its good or not. My dad loves it though.

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  6. ohhh, good ideas Lindsay and Skinny!! And Skinny - I'll keep your kids until they're 3...by that time I'll be missing have little ones around, and you're so anti-baby and all. LOL

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