Friday, August 5, 2011

Pickled Peppers

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
 If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

After actually pickling some peppers, this rhyme makes no sense to me.  
How can one pick already pickled peppers??? ;o)

First time I've pickled peppers.  So easy.  I usually make Jalapeno jelly at the end of the season when I'm trying to use up the crop before the frost gets 'em.  I'll definitely do that again.  But after trying store-bought pickled jalapenos and loving them, I decided I had to pickle some of my own.

Won't be able to sample my work right away, though.  The recipe calls for the peppers to age a few weeks before using.  I may not be able to wait that long.

In case you'd like to pickle a peck of your own peppers, here's the recipe I used:

Pickled Jalapenos

2 lbs fresh jalapenos, washed and stems removed
2 cups vinegar
2 cups water
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsps salt
2 tsps pickling spices
  1. Pack peppers into clean, sterilized jars, leaving a few inches at the top.
  2. Bring vinegar, water, oil, salt and pickling spice to a boil in a saucepan over medium high heat.
  3. Pour boiling sauce over peppers leaving at least 1/2" headspace.
  4. Place caps on jars and screw down firmly.
  5. Process in boiling water bath for 20 minutes.
  6. Check jar seals before storing.  Any that did not seal, refrigerate promptly.
  7. Age several weeks before serving. 

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Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I am definitely going to try these. They look good. I'll be making the sweet/candied peppers a bit later too but these look so good. Thanks for the recipe today. I'll try and hit the farmer's market this weekend so that I can give these a go!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Man, I am SUPER impressed. You go girl! :-D
They're beautiful to look at, too!!

Donna Heber said...

Wow! Just look at all those beautiful peppers. If only I had the time to do what you achieve Carla. I need to quit my job and stay home ... lol.

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