Do you love the tangy and crunchy banana peppers you find at Subway? Well, you’re in luck! Today, we’ll show you how to pickle your very own banana peppers at home. It’s surprisingly easy and requires just a few simple ingredients. Let’s get started!
Growing Banana Peppers
Before we dive into the pickling process, let’s talk about growing banana peppers. These plants are incredibly self-reliant and hardy, making them a great addition to your garden. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, banana peppers are a fantastic choice. They thrive in various climates and produce abundant crops of delicious peppers.
The Pickling Process
Now that you have a bountiful harvest of banana peppers, it’s time to turn them into delightful pickles. Follow this simple recipe to achieve that authentic Subway-style taste.
Step 1: Prepare the Vinegar Solution
In a pot, bring 4 cups of white vinegar, 1 1/3 cups of white sugar, 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds, and 1 teaspoon of celery seeds to a rolling boil. This aromatic mixture will infuse the peppers with incredible flavors.
Step 2: Seed and Slice the Peppers
While the vinegar solution is boiling, let’s prepare the peppers. Slice off a bit from each end of the pepper, including the stem. Then, with a paring knife, run it around the inside of the pepper, removing the core and seeds. Slice the pepper into rings, and repeat this process until you have enough to fill a jar.
Step 3: Jar and Seal
Now it’s time to pack your peppers into a jar. Stuff the slices tightly into the jar, ensuring they all fit. Once your jar is full, pour the boiling vinegar solution over the peppers, filling the jar until there is about 1/2″ of space left at the top.
Step 4: Store and Enjoy
Seal the jar with its lid and ring, and don’t forget to date it. Place the jar in the refrigerator and let it sit for a week to allow the flavors to meld together. After that, you can open up the jar and enjoy your homemade Subway-style pickled banana peppers.
Tips and Tricks
Before we wrap things up, here are a couple of important notes to keep in mind:
Refrigerator Storage: This pickling recipe is specifically for storing your jar in the refrigerator. If you want to preserve your pickled peppers on a pantry shelf, be sure to follow proper canning techniques.
Garlic Addition: While this recipe doesn’t include garlic, you can add it if you prefer. However, be cautious while using preserved garlic, as it may turn blue when combined with vinegar. It’s best to stick with fresh garlic to avoid any surprises.
That’s it – you’re now a pro at pickling banana peppers like Subway! It’s a simple and rewarding process that allows you to enjoy these zesty peppers all year round. So why not give it a try? For more delicious recipes and culinary inspiration, be sure to check out Family Cuisine. Happy pickling!