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teaspoons pickling salt
tablespoons sugar (optional)
Prepare your peppers by washing and patting them dry with a clean towel.
Next, slice them into inch-wide strips, removing the seeds and any fleshy matter.
Pickled peppers can develop a tough, leathery skin if you’re not careful. If your peppers are already quite soft, you can pickle them with the skin still on. Otherwise, remove the skin. The best way to do this is to lay the peppers skin-side down in a frying pan over medium heat and wait for the skins to blister. This only takes a few minutes. When the skin starts to blister, remove from the heat. Then, you can easily peel the skin away. You can also blister them in your oven under the broiler.
Turn on the broiler to 400° to 450°F. Turn the peppers with tongs until the skin blisters on top and all the skin is toasted and peeling slightly (around 6 to 8 minutes). Remove the peppers from the broiler with tongs and let them cool before handling.
Once the peppers are ready to be pickled, place them in one of the freshly sterilized jars. It is important to leave a 1/2 inch gap at the top of the jar to allow for expansion of the pickled peppers.
Get your pickling solution ready. There are literally thousands of different recipes you can use here, depending on your own personal taste. Combine the vinegar, water and pickling salt. If you like, you can adjust the recipe by throwing in other herbs and spices. For instance, adding 2 tablespoons sugar will give your peppers a sweeter taste.
After combining the ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil.
Finally, place your jars on a tray and top the peppers off with your hot pickling solution. The tray will catch any spillage, making cleanup a breeze. After pouring the vinegar into the jars, gently place the lids on top. Wait for the jars to cool, and then screw the lids firmly into place. Place the pickled peppers in your fridge—they’ll keep for about four months.
Pickled Peppers Recipe
Homemade Pickled Sweet Peppers are simple to make with sliced peppers, onion, vinegar, sugar, and simple spices. A quick and easy recipe for pickling bell peppers that you are sure to enjoy throughout the entire year.
Pickled sweet pickled peppers to your favorite sandwiches, homemade pizza, omelets, and cheese and crackers. This is such a great way to preserve peppers any time of year.
We always grew a large vegetable garden and tried to preserve everything we could. Not only were those jars of Homemade Marinara Sauce, Raspberry Rhubarb Jam, Mixed Berry Jam, jellies, Bread and Butter Pickles and vegetables used for ourselves, often we used them to barter with other farmers.
Pickling peppers are a summer tradition in our household. Place them on top of your favorite ham and cheese sandwich or add to an omelet. You can even serve them with sharp cheddar cheese and crackers. Be sure and try Pickled Red Onions.
These pickled peppers are super simple to make and you’ll be enjoying them all year long. As quick as I can make them, they’ve been consumed because they’re so addicting!
With very simple canning equipment you’ll be making, jams, jellies, pickles and these Pickled Sweet Peppers.
All you need is the same Ball Water Bath Canner that your grandmother probably used. The same equipment she used, still works just as good today. Ball canning jars have been updated. You can re-use jars, but the lids need to be replaced with each new use.
Pickled Peppers Recipe
Pickled peppers in vinegar are a great condiment for noodles and many other Thai dishes. It's one of the 4-5 condiments that you'll see on all the tables at any Thai noodle shop.
Even if you start with very hot peppers, after a few hours the pickled peppers turn sour and not super hot, while the vinegar has the hot pepper aroma. Pickled peppers in vinegar is easy to make and store. You can keep the pickled peppers in a glass jar at room temperature for several months.
Slice the peppers 1/8 of an inch. Place the sliced peppers in a glass container and pour vinegar to cover all the peppers. Keep the lid on tight. You can store the pickled peppers for months.1 1 2 2
Pack the sliced peppers carefully into the jar, pushing them down gently after each addition. Keep filling the jar until you reach the neck of the jar.
Pour clean, filtered water slowly into the jar until all the peppers are covered. Cover the jar tightly with the lid and keep in the refrigerator for at least a day before enjoying.
Do be aware, this is not a canning recipe, so you must keep the peppers in the fridge in order to keep them safe for consumption.
Your pickled peppers will keep in the refrigerator for around 6 months, and can be enjoyed on any number of dishes.
We like to use ours to add a little spice and flavor to stir fries, toss them into omelettes, and even put them on homemade pizza!
Don&rsquot be too surprised if the hot peppers lose a little of their spice over time. This is a natural result of the pickling process, but we&rsquove found it to be quite nice! The more mellow flavor jives well with almost any dish.
Have fun with pickling your pepper harvest, and if you&rsquove come up with any fun new flavor varieties, we&rsquod love to hear about it in the comments!
Pickled Sweet Peppers & Onions
Sweet red peppers along with Vidalia onions all in a bright, salty brine is a match made in heaven. Even if you are not much of a pickle person, you’ll love this combination of flavors when you add them to your burger or along side grilled chicken or pork.I must admit, I’m not a fan of red peppers so when I first tried sweet peppers that had been pickled, well…I became a changed woman! What I am a fan of is the “quick pickle” method mostly because I’m impatient. I know, there are some things that you just can’t rush but you CAN actually get that delicious pickle flavor without going to all the trouble of true canning.
So, back to the sweet peppers – when I first tried pickled sweet red peppers, the recipe did not include onions. Since I LOVE Vidalia onions, I knew I needed to add them to this recipe. They just add a little something extra and make this jar of goodness really special.
This recipe is so easy to pull together! These days, you can find 1 pound bags of sweet peppers in the grocery at any time of the year. I chose all red ones then grabbed a sweet Vidalia onion. After that, all you need is some white vinegar, sugar, salt and a few other spices. Throw in a few garlic cloves and a mason jar then you are in business. Please note – you can cut back on or omit the red peppers if you don’t care for the extra heat.
If you need ideas on what to do with your new creation, try topping your burger or hot dog with a pile of peppers and onions. They are crazy good on tacos. I’ve even added them to my cheese platter since they bring a little sweet heat to party!
Pickled Pepper Notes & Tips
I’ve always loved pickled jalapeños, but lately I’ve been frustrated by store-bought varieties that are sliced too thick (they overwhelm the other flavors) and taste way too salty (again, overwhelming the other flavors). Not to mention, many pickled jalapeños contain food coloring and preservatives in addition to vinegar, which I’d just as well avoid.
If you want to make sure your peppers aren’t crazy spicy, buy big ones so it’s easier to remove the seeds and membranes before slicing. That’s where the heat is concentrated. You might also want to avoid more mature peppers with striations on the sides, which are rumored to indicate hotter peppers. If you taste a little sliver of a few of your jalapeños and none are crazy hot, you probably don’t need to worry about getting crazy hot pickles.
All that said, pickling the peppers with vinegar, salt and a little bit of honey tones them down quite a bit! If you come across a bunch of jalapeños at the farmers’ market this weekend, you can bottle them up for later with this simple refrigerator pickles recipe.
Please let me know how your pickled jalapeños turn out in the comments! I hope you love them.
On a pickling kick? Don’t miss my quick-pickled onions, radishes, veggies and classic dill pickles! You’re also going to love my fresh jalapeño relish recipe, which is very similar to these peppers but even easier.
Mandoline, for slicing peppers super thin (be careful!)
28-ounce Weck jar (free shipping at West Elm!)
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- 1 ½ pounds banana peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 pound jalapeno peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
- ¼ pound serrano peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 6 cups vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 onion, chopped
Place the banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, and serrano peppers into a large pot. Add the vinegar, water, garlic, and onion. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Ladle peppers into sterile jars, and fill to the top with the liquid, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Tap jars on the counter to remove air bubbles. Place two piece lids on the jars.
Place jars in the rack of a large, canning pan, and fill with enough water to cover the jars completely. Bring to a boil, and boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Refrigerate jars after opening.
How to pickle chillies
Sterilize glass jars then fill with sliced chillies or spicy peppers of your choice and bay leaves. In a saucepan, combine vinegar, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, salt and sugar. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour the boiling hot liquid into the jars, filling right to the top. Carefully seal the jar with a tight fitting lid and allow to cool to room temperature then transfer to the fridge. Allow the chillies to pickle for at least an hour (slice them thinner if you want them to pickle quickly) but I prefer them after 2-3 days.
Summer Fest: Pickled Serrano Chile Peppers
Surprise! Summer Fest is still on! Response and participation have been so great during the last five weeks, we decided to extend Summer Fest through mid-September and then roll right into a Fall Fest. We’ll even have a fun new Fall Fest pumpkin badge thanks to Matt of Matt Bites! Visit Margaret at A Way to Garden for all the new details and schedule.
This week we’re celebrating peppers, both sweet and spicy. I decided to try my hand at pickling some hot peppers since I happened to have a basket of serrano chiles sitting on the counter (I picked them up for a dollar at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday).
I love pickled jalapenos, but I always end up using the store-bought kind. I decided it would be nice to have some home-pickled peppers on hand for once and since I won’t go through them very fast on my own, one basket of peppers seemed like the perfect amount to pickle.
Since I’ve never pickled peppers before, I wanted to start with some sort of recipe. I found a couple in books, and several online, but finally decided on Michael Symon’s recipe at Michael Ruhlman’s blog. It was simple and easy to adapt to my small amount of peppers.
First, I washed the peppers and poked each of them in a few places with a knife (the idea to pierce them with a knife came from David Lebovitz’s version). Then I packed them into jars. One basket of peppers (about half a pound) filled three half-pint jars.
Next I made the brine. I used equal parts white vinegar and water, sugar, salt, garlic, coriander, cumin, and black peppercorns. I had planned on using bay leaves, but at the last minute, I couldn’t find mine! Oh well, I continued without. I boiled the liquid then let it simmer for ten minutes.
While still hot, I poured the brine over the peppers, filling the jar completely with liquid.
Next I put the lids on the jars, let them cool, then placed them in the fridge. They will be ready in about a week, but will continue to improve as they sit. From what I hear, they will last a very long time in the fridge.
Are you ready to try these yourself? Scroll to the very bottom of the post for the printable recipe.
- 1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) red onion slices
- 2 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup canning-and-pickling salt
- 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
- 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
Sterilize jars, and prepare lids.
While jars are boiling, soak onion slices in ice water 10 minutes. Bring vinegar, next 3 ingredients, and 2 cups water to a boil in a 1-qt. stainless steel saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Drain onion slices pat dry. Toss together onions and bell peppers. Pack vegetables tightly in hot jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Cover vegetables with hot pickling liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
Seal and process jars, processing 5 minutes.
Remove jars from water, and let stand, undisturbed, at room temperature 24 hours. To check seals, remove the bands, and press down on the center of each lid. If the lid doesn't move, the jar is sealed. If the lid depresses and pops up again, the jar is not sealed. Store properly sealed jars in a cool, dark place up to 1 year. Refrigerate after opening.