October 28, 2023
A pantry staple, homemade Pickled Jalapeño Peppers are so easy to make! Whether you’re canning jalapeños peppers or quick pickling them, this simple recipe will have you preserving jalapeños in no time! *You will need three 16oz Mason jars if canning the peppers.
- Prep Time: 20 min
- Cook Time: 15 min
- Other: 10 min (canning)
- Total Time: 45 min
- Servings: 3 – 16 oz jars
- 1 1/2 lbs (675g) Jalapeño Peppers
- 2 C (530g) Water
- 2 C (515g) 5% Distilled White Vinegar
- 2 Tbs Fine Sea Salt
- 2 Tbs Cane Sugar
- 2 Fat Cloves of Garlic minced
- Sterilize three, 16oz jars and lids. The National Center for Home Food Preservation shows us
- Thoroughly wash the peppers and chop into rings. To protect hands from burning pepper oils,
wear disposable gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after handling the peppers.
- In a medium sauce pot, bring the vinegar, water, salt and sugar to a boil. Add the peppers and
garlic to the vinegar water, stir then remove from heat. Allow the peppers to set, submerged,
in the brine solution for 15 minutes. You’ll notice the color of the peppers turn from bright
green to a duller shade. Meanwhile, decide if canning or quick/refrigerator pickling the
peppers and prepare by reading A or B below.
- Once the peppers have changed color, pack the jars with the peppers, while also scooping the brine into jars. Use a spoon to gently pack the rings if needed, to make room for more (they can be packed in pretty tight). Top with brine and more peppers as needed. Leave about a 1/2′′ (1.3cm) head space at the top of each jar. At this point, you have two options. Can the peppers or quick/refrigerator pickle them.
- Bring a large water bath canner or your largest stock pot fitted with a canning rack (wire rack in the bottom), of water to a boil (at least a 10 quart pot(9.5L)). You want the pot large enough to cover the jars with one inch of water and hold as many jars as can fit for processing.
- Place the jar lids in a shallow pan and pour boiling water over the lids. This softens the rubber seals and readies them for canning. Allow the lids to set until you’re ready to lid the jars.
- Lid the peppers and gently twist the lid rings on the jars.
- Once the water is boiling, use a jar lifter to gently place the jars in the water. Set a timer for 10 minutes and process the jars. After 10 minutes, remove the jars from the water, dry off with a towel and set aside to cool completely.
For Quick/Refrigerator Pickled Jalapeños:
- Simply place the lidded jars in the refrigerator. They’ll last for several months and be ready for snacking in about 24 hours, or in an hour for the quickest pickle! They taste better with a little time on them.
- If your jalapeños are canned, listen for the lid to pop – this means your jars are sealed and ready for long term storage at room temperature. If the lid doesn’t pop or seal, place them in the refrigerator and treat them as quick pickled Jalapeños.
- If you’re going for a refrigerator quick pickle, the lid doesn’t need to pop, rather your peppers are ready to be refrigerated right after lidding the jar.
- Quick pickled jalapeños can last several months in the fridge or if properly canned, up to one year at room temperature. Once a jar is opened, store it in the refrigerator. An open jar of canned or quick pickled jalapeños will last months in the refrigerator. (update 3/22: this year my unopened quick pickled jalapeños lasted eight months in the fridge)
- 2023-10-28 – Made 2 lbs, 4 jars. Added 1/3 to all of the ingredients.
- 2023-10-28 – Made 4 jars. They seemed to work well. Only time will tell!
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