Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
I love those cherry peppers from the grocer. Growing just one bush can give you enough supply for a year. Great for use in Italian dishes, stuffed with cheese or on sandwiches, but especially good in Pork Chops and Vinegar Peppers. Update: I find the red and yellow peppers are sweeter. The green ones have too much of a 'bite'.
- Sterilize 5 pint-sized canning jars, rings and lids by boiling them in a large pot for at least 10 minutes, making sure they are completely submerged.
- Rinse the cherry peppers thoroughly under cool running water, removing any visible dirt or debris. Trim the stem from each pepper with a small, sharp knife. You do not need to actually remove the stem; simply cut it down to a manageable size.
- Place the peppers into your sterilized jars. They should fill the jars most of the way, but don't forcibly stuff them inside. Add spices and garlic cloves to each jar.
- Put the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and sugar into a saucepan. Bring these ingredients to a gentle simmer and allow them to cook until the sugar and salt completely dissolve, about 5 minutes.
- Pour the vinegar mixture over the ingredients in each jar. Leave approximately 1/4 inch of air at the top of each jar. Wipe the rim of each jar with a paper towel, then put the lids and rings on the jars.
- Process the jars in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. You should do this with a water bath canner if possible. If not, fill a large pot with hot water, add the jars (which should be standing upright and fully submerged with 1 inch of water over the top of the lids), cover and bring the water to a boil for at least 10 minutes.
- Remove the jars from the hot water, allow them to cool, then check the seal by pressing on the top of each jar with a finger. If the top is slightly inverted and does not give when you press on it, the jar is properly sealed. Store properly sealed jars for several weeks before eating the peppers.
Didn't know what to do with all my cherry peppers from the garden. There wasn't a lot of information or recipes to go by so I tried this one. I was surprised when I tasted them a week later that they were better than the name brand peppers you buy in the supermarket.<br/>I'll save this recipe.