Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

I just got back from a week long vacation but before heading out I made this quick pickled jalapeno peppers. There’s always so much to do right before you leave on a trip! The night before I noticed a pound bag of ripening jalapenos peppers and there was no way I was letting them go to waste.

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If you harvested them or purchased make sure you give them a good wash.

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So in between some last minute packing and running after Diego (he always manages to jump in my suitcase and grab something), I made these spicy pickled jalapeno peppers. Pickling only takes about 10-15 minutes and can last up to a month if refrigerated. I used only the jalapeno peppers this time but check out another veggie pickle I made a while ago using a mix of carrots & daikon. If you’re growing chiles or find yourself with too many on your hand try this recipe, it’s really amazing on sandwiches, nachos, scrambled eggs, fish, chicken, well pretty much anything!

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Pickled Jalapeno Peppers
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove, mashed
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp oregano
Instructions
  1. On medium heat bring to boil the vinegar and water. Turn off stove and remove mixture from heat. Add the sugar, salt until all is dissolved and let mixture cool completely.
  2. In a thoroughly washed 1 pint jar, add the sliced jalapeno, garlic, peppercorns and oregano. Shoved them all in if you must.
  3. Fill the jar to the top with cooled vinegar mixture making sure the jalapenos are covered. Secure lid tightly and let sit overnight. You can leave it on counter for a few days, the vinegar will preserve the jalapenos but after that you should refrigerate.

 

Hot and Spicy Red Savina Habanero Pepper Vinegar

Whether you’re growing chile peppers and yielded a plentiful harvest or you bought too many, here’s a quick and easy solution for using up some of those chiles. Make this hot and spicy red savina habanero pepper vinegar to drizzle on just about anything your heart desires. These red savina habanero peppers are super hot, about 6-8 times hotter than jalapenos but they have this sweet citrus flavor that I just love. Now that doesn’t mean I’ll bite into a whole one, I know my limits, but I do like using it sparingly so they enhance my food, not mask it!

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I didn’t grow these peppers, I have been buying them once I knew my plants were ruined. This is the second time I tried growing habaneros and a few other super hots but the weather was too extreme here. Just when I thought the seedlings were strong enough to take outside I would have to bring them back in because of all the torrential downpours we got. It rained the whole entire month of May and part of June here and July was an inferno so that just destroyed my plants. I’m not giving up though, third time is a charm no?!

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For this habanero pepper vinegar you’ll need an 8 or 10 oz glass bottle or jar. I like the bail lid lock bottles since it’s easier for drizzling and the bail lid keeps contents fresh…they look really pretty too. While in New Orleans, I saw these types of vinegars on most restaurant tables, apparently it’s the condiment of the South and one I like to keep in my frig!

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You can drizzle this hot and spicy habanero pepper vinegar over salad, french fries, pepper steak, sandwiches and chicken. Very versatile, spicy and delicious!

Red Savina Habanero Pepper Vinegar
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Ingredients
  • 2-3 habanero chile peppers, sliced
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4-5 cloves
  • ½ tsp peppercorns
Instructions
  1. Bring the water and vinegar to a simmer. Add the sugar and salt and stir to dissolve.
  2. Let mixture boil and remove from heat. Add the peppers, cloves and peppercorns to mixture and let it cool completely.
  3. Pour mixture into a clean glass bottle, stuff the peppers in if needed.
  4. Refrigerate for up to a month.

 

Easy Pickling with Jalapenos, Carrots and Daikon

I’ve been wanting to pickle vegetables for a long time now after I read how easy it was to do. I’ve always enjoyed pickled carrots, peppers, green beans and cauliflowers…actually, it was the only way I would eat cauliflowers! The fact that they looked like mini brains didn’t help either but once I got passed that I enjoyed them in a whole new way. The pickling ingredients makes a huge difference so I picked produce that I like and used the right amount of spice.

I bought a canning kit over a year ago to start makings jams and pickled veggies because I love handmade goods. I quickly learned that you can make easy refrigerated pickled veggies without going through the whole process of boiling jars and lids. This recipe can be ready to eat within an hour or two but of course would taste much better if left alone for a couple of days.

Pickling has been around for centuries as it was a way to preserve seasonal vegetables for the cold months to come. Today you can buy anything canned or bottled and the preservatives will allow you to enjoy it for at least a year but pickling your own is far better. It’s a great way for you to control the ingredients, control what you consume and prolong the life of some of your favorite produce…and it’s so good and all natural too. Once you make it the first time you can adjust the salt and sugar to your taste.

You can snack on these veggies or spruce up any sandwich or dish for a bit of spice and tang. It’s also great for brightening up your salads by dicing the vegetables and topping or just tossing in some of the brine. I always have a lot of carrots for juicing or snacking and pickling them is just another way to enjoy them. I also had jalapenos on hand, of course, and daikon. Daikon is an Asian radish and is used in many Asian dishes. I rarely use it but I like the crunch and bought some to make a Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich which I’ll share with you in a future post. If you don’t have any daikon you can substitute it with anything else really, like cauliflower, radishes or whatever firm produce you have on hand.

Pickled Jalapenos, Carrots and Daikon

1 1/2 cup of cider vinegar
1/2 cup of water
2 tsp of sugar
1 tbsp of salt
1/2 lb of carrots, cut lengthwise into sticks
1/2 lb of daikon, cut lengthwise into sticks (or radishes, or cauliflowers)
4 jalapenos, julienne
1 medium yellow onion, sliced into rings
4 garlic cloves, crushed slightly
1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
4-6 cloves
2 16oz glass jars with lids (or use bail lock lid jar)

First and foremost, wash your jars and lids in hot soapy water and let air dry.

Bring to boil the vinegar, water, sugar and salt, stirring until sugar and salt are dissolved. Let stand until it reaches room temperature.

In the meantime, wash all vegetables and cut as directed. Fill each jar with equal amounts of vegetables and spices. Just half everything and pack tightly into each jar as shown above. When liquid has cooled, fill each jar with liquid to the top until the vegetables are covered. Place lids on jars and close tightly.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours but best if left overnight or two days. The longer the brine the better the taste. These will keep for at least 3-4 weeks after opening.