A Peck of Pickled Peppers

Pickled peppers and a few vegetables mix together to become one of those classic sub sandwich condiments. Plus, a few tips for successful pickling adventures this season.

I was supposed to share these on Wednesday for the pickling party, but instead, I found myself wanting to sit a bit longer around the dinner table, taking a walk through the neighborhood with the kids and being grateful that I had the opportunity to clean up after all of them.

I thought a lot about how I often put off family activities because I need to get one more thing done for work. Being driven is good, and this workaholic attitude that runs in my family has served me well, but this week, this week I needed to take the time to think of the now and be sure that I’m being true to myself and my family in it.

I sat around the table with my husband, a crate of peppers and vegetables in between us, and we sliced and chopped. Jokes at each other’s expense were told. We talked. It was worth every minute that I spent being lazy about it at 6 p.m. instead of making dinner and rushing through the night. Dinner came in due time as jars popped on the counter, a walk was taken and small heads were read stories and tucked into bed. I was grateful.

For the peck pf pickled peppers, I enlisted the help of some smaller hands for the onion peeling.

Then Ole and I sat for a good hour prepping vegetables. Together.

Then we packed them in jars, covered them up with a vinegar mix and processed them in that huge pot that Ole purchased years ago to brew his own beer in.

Tips to Pickling Success:

  • Fresh is best. The sooner you can get produce from the plant to the jar, the better. Try to purchase from the farmers market the same day you’re going to can or the day before, and pick from your own garden the same day, if possible.
  • Soft water is key. I use distilled water instead of hard water when canning. This helps prevent vegetables from breaking down when exposed to minerals and things in the water. You can make your own by boiling hard water for 20 minutes.
  • Use pickling salt with no iodine or anti-caking additives that can darken pickles or cause cloudy brine. Marisa over at Food in Jars has a great post on different salts.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Now, did he pick a peck and then pickle them? I’m looking forward to the first sandwich this pickled pepper blend graces, a side of pork topped with pickled peppers, by themselves out of the jar.

A dear friend’s loss has caused me to slow down this week. Jennie went from blissful and full to shattered in mere moments as she lost her husband, soulmate and father of her children on Sunday night from a sudden heart attack. Wishing I could do more for her, be closer to her and somehow take the pain from her, I’ll be making pie today for Mikey. Read Jennie’s post for her Mikey and follow along on Twitter using #apieforMikey today and on Facebook. We’re all holding you tight today, Jennie.

adapted from Colorado State University Extension
1 1/2 pounds medium to hot peppers (e.g. Hot Banana, Anaheim, JalapeƱo)
1 1/2 pounds mild peppers (e.g. Sweet Banana, Cherry, Sweet Bell)
1/2 pound carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
1/2 pound cauliflower, chopped into 1/2-inch flowerettes
1 cup pearl onions, peeled with root end trimmed
8 cloves garlic, peeled with ends ends cut off
6 cups vinegar
3 cups water
2 tablespoons pickling salt

Wash and prepare the vegetables. Slice peppers into appropriate sizes for packing into jars (rings are preferred if you are me), discarding seeds. Sterilize canning jars and lids and screw tops. In a large saucepan, mix together garlic, vinegar, water and pickling salt. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute until salt is completely dissolved.

Pack vegetables into hot, sterilized jars. Ladle hot vinegar mix over the vegetables. Wipe down the rims of the jars and top with sterilized lids and screw rings. Process in a hot water bath: 10 minutes for half-pint or pint-sized jars and 15 minutes for quarts. At altitudes over 6,000 feet add 5 minutes to the processing time.

Remove the jars from the bath to a dry, clean towel. Allow to cool completely. Lids should pop and seal as the jars cool. Any unsealed jars can be refrigerated and used promptly.

For the best flavor, let the jars sit for 5-6 weeks before opening.


Makes 7 pints pickled peppers.
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Comments

  1. I’m so saddened by the sudden loss of your friend’s soul mate. My heart goes out to her.

  2. Thanks for the great reminder.

    On a pickle note…. think I can use poblanos instead of anaheim?

  3. Beautiful job!

  4. Great tips and a great looking blend.

  5. The peppers are gorgeous!

  6. This is a lovely post.

  7. What a great reminder, Shaina – I too need to slow down a bit. Your peppers are beautiful.

  8. So lovely. I’m glad you slowed down to spend that time together with your family. :-)

  9. My hubby would go nuts for these. You really made something ordinary into some extraordinary. Beautiful!

  10. Yum, Yum, what a new twist on the old standards! Fantastic…..

  11. Beautiful Shaina. I would love these in any of my daily salads.

  12. Wow, that little jar of “goodies” is seriously beautiful!

  13. I have never picled or canned anything, but i am really looking forward to trying this recipe!! Sounds great :0

  14. I know what you mean about taking the time to just hang with family… after Jennie’s post about her husband, I felt the same need last week.

  15. I made these tonight and I’m so excited! I’ll share a photo tomorrow on twitter :)

    I used lots of banana peppers, bell peppers and jalapenos from my garden. I also threw in a few anaheims.

    I halved the recipe because 7 pints is just too much for 2 people, and I got 1 quart + 2 pints of peppers. Had enough brine and everything.

    Thanks for the great recipe :)

  16. I can honestly say I’ve never tried pickled peppers. I wonder what uses they could possibly play in a meal? I’ll need to look into this.

  17. This looks just like my pack of garden produce! So many things to can, so little time. Forwarding this to my brother who says he has a big bucket of gypsy & banana peppers to put away.

  18. What a nice post! Love all of your photos, and your recipe!
    Jo-Anna

  19. Your kids are so cute I can’t stand it. Recipe looks great, too, and I am glad you put off posting for the pickling party so you could be with your family more :)

  20. I have never seen your blog before yesterday, but as I came back to read mrs today, I saw the title of this post scroll across your header, and I Jumped to read it because I have a recent post with the same title. This is so similar to my post (I even reference the same original recipe from CSU Extension). I was freaking out a little that we think so similarly! I’m also planning an upcoming post on school lunches and my kids have the same thermos containers shown in your latest post (Mac n’ cheese) which will be in the post photos. Now I really wish we bad met at the conference! Here’s my similar post: http://saltinsuburbia.blogspot.com/2011/08/peck-of-pickled-peppers.html

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