Pickled Cherry Peppers - Canning

Recipe by gailanng
READY IN: 30mins
YIELD: 5 pints
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    lbs cherry peppers
  • 1 12
    cups water
  • 1 -4
    tablespoon sugar (to taste)
  • 1 13
    teaspoons salt
  • 12
    teaspoon dried oregano per jar
  • 1 -2
    garlic cloves per jar (whole or halved)
  • 1
    small bay leaf per jar
  • 2
    peppercorn per jars

DIRECTIONS

  • 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.