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Pickled Peppers in Oil and Vinegar

With a bountiful garden crop of peppers this year I decided to make Pickled Peppers in Oil and Vinegar

Close up of jars with pickled vegetables.

updated from 2011

HOW TO MAKE PICKLED RED PEPPERS IN OIL AND VINEGAR

I grew up eating pickled peppers and though I haven’t made them before I knew whom to call.  I called my mom and my in-laws to get the recipes, it always helps to have several recipe sources.

WHAT KIND OF PEPPERS TO USE?

We grow Aruba Peppers in our garden, so I use them to make my pickled peppers and I often use them to make red pepper paste, too. To make pickled canned peppers you can use bell peppers, banana peppers, and even hot peppers

Mature red, green and orange garden peppers in a wheelbarrow lined with a cloth.

WASH AND CLEAN PEPPERS

Soak peppers in the water for 5-10 minutes. It helps to loosen dirt. Scrub them well with a vegetable brush.

Close up of red, orange, green aruba peppers.

Cut each pepper and remove seeds and ribs.

STERILIZE GLASS CANNING JAR

Scrub the jars in hot water and sterilize them upside down in the canning pot for 20 pots.

Glass jars in a canning pot.

SEASONINGS

In this recipe, I use several seasonings; you can experiment with different flavors and add herbs and other spices of your liking.

  • Bay Leaf
  • Allspice
  • Black Pepper
  • Sliced Onion
  • Garlic (optional)
  • Chili Flakes (optional)
Three small dishes with bay leaves, allspice and black pepper, and a cutting board with sliced onion.

PICKLING BRINE

Prepare pickling brine: bring water, vinegar, oil, salt, and sugar to boil. Boil for 3 minutes.

Pot with boiling pickling liquid.

BLANCH PEPPERS

Blanch prepared peppers in the simmering brine for 2 minutes. Remove them, and place them onto a flat tray.

Large pot filled with brine and peppers.

FILL JARS

Drop the seasonings into sterilized jars.

Glass jars with seasonings on the bottom.

Use a canning funnel to fill the jars with blanched peppers and pour the brine into the jars, about an inch below the rim. It’s easier to fill jars using a canning funnel. Before I placed lid with rubber seal on top of each jar, I wiped the rims with a clean kitchen towel dipped in vinegar. This step is IMPORTANT to ensure that there is no grease and that the lid will catch on during canning. Secure sterilized lids onto the jars with canning rings. Don’t tighten them too much.

Hand holding a ring, securing a lid onto a jar.

PROCESS IN WATER BATH

Process jars in a water bath with at least an inch of water above the jars, for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let jars sit in the water for 5 minutes. Then remove jars from the water bath with a canning jar lifter and carefully place them onto a tray or a counter. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes. During this time you might heart popping sound of lids getting attached to the glass, this is normal. If you don’t hear popping sound, this is also normal. We have wait till later to check if jars are properly sealed. Then tighten the rings, use a towel, if jars are too hot to touch. Carefully invert jars onto a flat surface lined with a kitchen towel and let them sit for 24 hours.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A JAR SEALED PROPERLY?

After 24 hours, you can perform a simple test if the jar is sealed correctly. Unscrew the ring and lift the jar upside down. Check for any bubbles traveling up, and then you can also knock on the glass if you get a hollow sound. Another simple test is to check the lid, press it in the middle, and if it “pops” up and down, it hasn’t sealed properly.

For the best taste, let canned pickled peppers mature for several weeks and enjoy.

MORE DELICIOUS RECIPE FOR CANNING

Pickled Peppers in Oil and Vinegar
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
 

This recipe uses 10kg/22pounds washed and cleaned pickles.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, German, Slovak, Spanish
Keyword: canned peppers in oil and vinegar, peppers in oil, pickled peppers, vinegar peppers
Hanielas.com: Hani
Ingredients
PICKLED PEPPERS IN OIL AND VINEGAR
Peppers
  • 22 pound peppers, 10 kilos, washed and cleaned
Brine/Pickling Liquid
  • 3 quarts water (12 cup, 3 liters)
  • 1 ¾ cup white distilled vinegar (13.5fl oz., 400ml)
  • 1 quart oil (4 cups, 1 liter), vegetable or olive oil
  • 4.2 oz. pickling salt (120grams)
  • 17.6 oz. granulated sugar (500grams)
Seasonings per 1 Quart (700ml to 1000ml) Jar
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 2 whole black pepper berries
  • 2 thick onion slices
  • 1 sliced garlic clover (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp chili flakes(optional)
Instructions
PICKLED CANNED PEPPERS IN OIL AND VINEGAR
Brine/Pickling Liquid
  1. Pour all the ingredients into a large pot. Bring all the ingredients to boil. Let boil for 3 minutes. Stir.

Blanch Peppers
  1. Into the boiling brine, add prepared peppers and blanch them for 2 minutes. Remove blanched peppers from the hot brine onto a flat tray or clean baking sheet.

Seasonings per 1 quart (700ml to 1000ml Jar)
  1. Into washed and sterilized jars, add seasonings (per one-quart jar): 1 whole bay leaf, two allspice berries, two black pepper berries, two thick onion slices, sliced garlic clover(optional), 1/8teaspoon chili flakes(optional).

Fill Jars
  1. Fill jars with blanched peppers and pour the hot pickling liquid over the peppers, at least 1 inch below the rim of the jar.

Close Jars
  1. With a clean cloth or a paper towel and a little vinegar, wipe all the rims on the filled jars, and make sure they are dry and oil-free. This is very important!

    Place sterilized lids onto the filled jars, and secure them with the rings. You want them just to catch on, so don't tighten them too much.

Process Jars in Water Bath
  1. Process jars in the water bath, in the boiling water for 10-15 minutes.

  2. Remove jars from the bath onto a flat surface covered with kitchen towels and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Tighten the rings and invert them onto a flat surface covered with kitchen towels, let rest for 24 hours. 

This recipe was published on August 22nd, 2011. On September 7th, 2022 I updated this post with new picture and written text.

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2 Comments

  1. This looks interesting! I’ve never had pickled peppers. Do you eat them plain or on/in some other recipe? Is the brine used for anything? Just curious. Thank you!.

    1. Hi Kathryn,
      I use them to make sandwiches, they are great topping for crostini appetizer. You can chop them up and make add them to a cheese spread. It’s also yummy with meats spreads or meat pate.

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