Saturday, July 11, 2009

So You Grew a Garden...Now What? 5


Every year banana peppers always seem to be our fastest growing and most proliferate pepper plant. We have already picked a ton this year and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to start canning (well technically jarring). Pickled banana peppers from the jar make a perfect sandwich or salad topping. I drool just thinking about biting into a big italian salad with pepperoni, Italian dressing and a banana pepper with some bite. Yum!

The processing of canning these peppers was so much easier than I had expected. It is really just a simple brine poured over banana peppers. Then you put the lid on the jar and boil for 10 minutes. I didn't have any fancy canning tongs to pull the hot jars out of the boiling water so I improvised. I used my large pot with the pasta strainer insert (like this). So when ten minutes was up I just pulled out the strainer and set it on a towel on the counter. When the jar was cool enough I put it in the fridge and just 2 days later I had perfect peppers :)

Pickled Banana Peppers
(I used these 2 sites for inspiration, The Yummy Banana and Clean Eating Club)
Since this was my first time canning I started small and only used enough to fill one jar.

Ingredients
10-12 banana peppers
1 hot pepper
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard seed
1 tsp pepper corns
2 cloves garlic, peeled

Directions
The first thing you need to do is sterilize your jar. A hot water dishwashing cycle should work with a hot dry cycle. After removing from the dishwasher be sure to thouroughly dry the jar, lid and ring.

In a saucepan bring the vinegar, water, salt, peppercorns and mustard seed to a boil. Then remove from heat. In a large stock pot bring plain water to a boil.

While the brine is coming to a boil, slice the peppers into rings. Cut on of the garlic cloves into fourths and layer the peppers and garlic in a jar. Put the second garlic glove on top of the peppers.

Pour the bring over the peppers, leaving 1/2 inch space at the top of the jar. Place the lid on top of the jar making sure that seal is tight, then screw on the ring. Place the jar in the large stock pot of boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the hot jar from the boiling water. After cooling for a few minutes check to make sure the jar sealed (If it is not sealed the middle of the lid will pop up and down). If it didn't seal just be sure to always keep it refrigerated. If it did seal you can keep in the pantry until the seal is broken, but I put mine right in the fridge.


After letting the peppers sit for 2 days they are ready to eat! They can be served on top of sandwiches, in salads, in calzones, you name it!

12 comments:

  1. Banana peppers are so good! I love them on pizza with prosciutto :)

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  2. I love banana peppers - nice job!

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  3. I just pickled green beans today using this same method. Glad to see it works with peppers too!

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  4. I love putting these on sandwiches! I'm really impressed you grew them AND canned them! I'm kind of domestically inept, so stuff like that just seems amazing to me :)

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  5. Oh do these come out tasting like the ones you see in the big jars at deli places? I didnt realize there were that many different seasonings in it =) Will have to give this a try!

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  6. Oh forgot to ask - what kind of hot pepper?

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  7. Awesome, I will try this, just now have enough banana peppers to make about 3 pints.

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  8. Lisa - Yep just like the ones from the deli, mine were a little chewier because I waited a few days before I canned them but they still taste great.

    Anonymous - You can really use any kind of pepper with a little heat to it, jalapeno, serrano, chile pepper. I used a slim red chili pepper that had not yet turned red.

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  9. Yum! I just bought 12 banana peppers from my stores $1 rack and wasn't sure what to do with them - thanks!

    Turns out I like spicy stuff! :D

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  10. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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  11. Where in the recipe do you add the pepper corns, and is there an amount of water the jar should be boiled in?

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  12. Allison's Mom - Sorry for the delay in my response! School has me very behind on blogging! Thank you for pointing that out. I added the pepper corns to brine as it was boiling. I will correct the recipe!

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