Discover the simple yet delightful process of pickling hot peppers at home. This step-by-step guide and recipe will teach you how to create tangy and flavorful pickled peppers with ease. Plus, there’s no need for any cooking! Let’s get started on this exciting culinary adventure!
The Versatile Pickled Peppers
Pickled peppers are a fantastic addition to any dish. They bring a zesty kick to sandwiches, stews, and soups. You can even use them to create your own homemade hot sauces and salsas! With an abundance of peppers at the end of the season, or even all year round, you can enjoy the goodness of pickled peppers whenever you please.
Growing and Choosing the Right Peppers
If you’re curious about growing your own peppers, you’re in for a treat! Last year’s pepper harvest in upstate NY was exceptional due to the hot and dry weather. The hotter and drier the climate, the spicier the peppers become. This year looks promising too, so get ready for some extra heat!
You can use various types of peppers for pickling, such as jalapenos, Hungarian wax, banana peppers, and many others. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different hot and mild varieties to find your preferred flavor profile.
Creative Ways to Enjoy Pickled Peppers
When it comes to using pickled peppers, the possibilities are endless. They add a savory and tangy touch to sandwiches, stews, and soups. Craving something spicier? Boost the flavor of your chili with a few pickled peppers. For a delightful appetizer, place a small ramekin of pickled peppers on a charcuterie board.
These versatile peppers also make a fantastic topping for pizzas and salads, adding a spicy and briny kick. Get creative and add them to your tacos, burritos, fajitas, and enchiladas. You can even mix them with tomatoes for a quick and delicious pico de gallo.
How to Make Your Own Pickled Peppers
Now, let’s dive into the exciting process of making your own pickled peppers. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
To prepare your pickled peppers, you’ll need:
- Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (you can also use white wine vinegar)
- Kosher salt
- Fresh or dried oregano
- Optional: Peppercorns and bay leaves
Step 2: Prepare the Peppers
Start by washing the peppers thoroughly. It’s also essential to wash and sterilize the jars and lids before use, as these are quick pickled peppers. Now, you’re ready to proceed.
Step 3: Fill the Jars
- Remove one hot jar at a time and add the peppers. Use a clean knife to arrange them in the jar, maximizing the space. Remember to leave about 1/2 inch of headspace for the rest of the ingredients.
- Add oregano (fresh or dried) and Kosher salt to the jar.
- Fill the jar halfway with cider vinegar (approximately a cup for pint jars or 2 cups for quart jars).
- Crush a few cloves of garlic and add them to the jar.
Step 4: Seal the Jars
Boil some water in a medium saucepan and fill the jar with boiling water, leaving the required headspace. Wipe the rim of the jar with a damp paper towel, then place the hot lid on top. Add the band and tighten it fingertip tight.
Tips for Successful Pickling
- When slicing the peppers, you can follow the same process as mentioned above. Sliced peppers take up less space in your refrigerator or pantry.
- It’s crucial to wear gloves when handling hot peppers to protect your skin from irritation.
- Use pint jars for sliced or small peppers, and quart jars for whole and large peppers.
Storing Your Pickled Peppers
With proper storage, your homemade pickled peppers will stay delicious for years. I’ve been making them for decades, and they usually last for at least three years. Just keep them in a cool and dry place, like the basement.
However, some sources recommend refrigerating pickled peppers if they haven’t been pressure-canned. Refrigeration helps preserve their vibrant color. You can store a few jars in the fridge and keep the rest in your usual storage spot to compare the results.
Pro Tips for Pickling Success
Tools I Use:
- Chef’s knife
- Food-grade gloves
- Canning pot
- Pint canning jars with lids
- Canning utensil set
If you’re passionate about canning, check out all my canning recipes for more inspiration!
Explore More Pickling Recipes
Pickled peppers are just the beginning of your pickling adventures. Here are some other delicious pickling recipes you can explore:
- Pickled onion
- Candied jalapenos
- Pickled garlic scapes
- Pickled radishes
- Kosher pickles
- Crispy sweet pickles
- Homemade pickling spice
- Pickled green tomatoes
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Originally published on 3/10/2017. Updated on 1/16/2021.