Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pickled Peppers for Jacqueline

Dear Auntie, 

Help!! I have a bunch of peppers that I want to can...I have the time, the recipe, the vineger, the jars and the desire...just don't know how??????


Dear Jacqueline,

Never fear. Auntie's here.

A few notes for your edification: The heat of the peppers determines the heat of the finished product. Only use pickling salt. Any other salt contains additives that will cloud the vinegar brine.  After the peppers have been used, try sprinkling the vinegar brine on cooked greens, for an authentic Southern treat.

As with all canned pickled, these are best after they sit and mellow for a couple of weeks. Then again, aren't we all at our best after a proper mellowing?

Be blessed,


Pickled Peppers

1 ½ pound sliced jalapeno peppers
1 pound yellow onion, cut into 1 inch square chunks
1 pound sliced carrots
9 cups white vinegar
9 cups water
1 cup pickling salt
3 bunches cilantro
2 heads garlic, cloves separated and coarsely chopped

Mix together peppers, onions and carrots. 

In large pot, pour boil vinegar, water and salt.  Add cilantro and garlic. Bring to boil.  Reduce heat, cover and let simmer 15 minutes. Strain out cilantro and garlic. Return to pot and bring back up to boil.

Put vegetables in sterilized pint jars. Pour strained vinegar brine over vegetable.  A sprig of cilantro may be added to each jar.

Process 15 minutes in boiling water bath.  Makes about  12 pints.


  1. yum, also the pickling juice, is good in a nice brew I hear, of the amber variety :)

  2. OMG! Never thought of that! Thanks for the tip.

    I'll bet it'll be good in a martini, too. I shall experiment and post results. Oh, the sacrifices I make in the name of nummers-ness.