A Peck Of Pickled Peppers

Ok, so it’s not a peck… just how much is a peck anyways, and why was Peter picking them if they were already pickled? I can’t answer those questions for you, but I can tell you how to pickle them yourself.

Pickled Pepper

Ok, I know my kitchen isn’t the best spot for great photos, but c’mon… these look great. And they’ll taste even better once I’ve let them pickle for a few days. And there really are a lot of great reasons to pickle your own peppers…

I’ve done batches of nice fresh refrigerator pickles in the past, so I figured I could do the same for the jalapenos, right? Take advantage of your own garden or get some from the farmers market and your jalapenos will just be bursting with flavor and have that fresh, crisp bite to them you just can’t get from the ones you buy.

It’s not that there’s anything really wrong with what’s in most of the store bought jalapenos, it’s more of a texture thing. The canning process means cooking, which can leave the jalapenos a bit on the soggy side. Doing your own is easy and they tend to maintain that crispness.

If you don’t have canning jars around… save some old pickle jars or something. I have an old gallon sized jar that came from a friend that works in a restaurant that I use that for doing larger batches that I’ll then split up and share with folks.  But this recipe here, works great for filling a quart sized canning jar.

These will keep a lot of their color and a nice crisp crunch for about a month. They’ll still stay fresh and taste great for another month or more, but the longer you have them around, the more they are sitting in the liquid, the the softer they will get.

I still buy the occasional jar in the store when in a pinch, but they really are no match for the overall experience of making your own. And if you want you can try adding things like carrot slices or other veggies to get them infused with the jalapeno heat. It’s a great way to use up some of the peppers from your own garden or if you get a great deal on some from the local farmers market.

Pickled Jalapenos
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Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Wash the peppers, then while wearing protective gear (a latex or vinyl glove), carefully slice the peppers in about 3/8" slices. If you want mild peppers, put the slices in a colander and rinse away as many of the seeds as you can. Loosely pack the slices in your jar(s), adding the garlic slices if desired
  2. Put the vinegar, water and salt in a non-reactive pot on the stove and heat to a boil.
  3. Place the jar in a large bowl or other dish in the sink and CAREFULLY pour the hot vinegar mixture in to the jar or jars holding the peppers until they are covered. You may have slightly more liquid than needed.
  4. Let the jar sit out on the counter to cool off for about an hour before covering and placing in the fridge. They will be ready to eat in about three days.
Recipe Notes

While they will easily last about 8 weeks or more in the fridge, after about 3 weeks they do start losing a lot of the crispness that I like. Depending on your personal tastes, and how often you use them, you may want to try making a half-batch.

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