Pickling The Perfect Pepper

Gardening is one of the purest joys in life.  Digging in the soil, smelling fresh herbs, and planning the perfect landscape design are all things that make gardening an actual art. Combine the essence of the natural with the craft of the culinary, and an all-natural homemade meal can be yours directly from your garden.  With the organic movement, more and more people are starting to grow their own vegetable and herb gardens.  Reward your body with natures’ purest and most organic produce from your own backyard, and encourage children to partcicipate in gardening and learn how to live a sustainable lifestyle.  Wintertime gardening can be difficult, but it does not have to be non-existent.

Don’t give up your gardening just because it is the dead of winter! Tomatoes and peppers can still sustain life in even the coldest temperatures.  Plant peppers in pots and keep them either indoors or sheltered from wind and extreme moisture. All peppers need to grow is light, space, and attention. If you live in an extreme climate, consider growing your peppers indoors, in a place such as a garage.  With a simple grow light, you can have an abundance of peppers you wouldn’t believe! With peppers being one of winters most wonderful assets, why not incorporate them into your cuisine? Whether you are growing bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, or cherry peppers there are recipes that can satisfy any pallet.

Move over Peter Piper, there is a new pickled pepper in town! You can pickle cucumbers, beets, and cabbage, so why not pickle peppers? If your garden has a plethora of sweet and spicy peppers, why not try something new?  Much like a garden, pickling takes time, patience, and care but the results are phenomenal. Add spice to your traditional pulled pork sandwich or cheese enchilada with this easy recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs of peppers from your garden
  • 6 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp canning salt
  • 3 cloves garlic

Directions:

  • Wash and slice peppers and onion into 1/4inch pieces
  • Boil all ingredients together in a large pot and let simmer for 5 minutes
  • Pack peppers/onion into hot sterilized jars
  • Ladle the hot pickling liquid over peppers, leaving ¼ inch space
  • Be sure to remove any air bubbles.
    Wipe the rims of the jars.
  • Tighten the 2 piece lids
  • Water bath process for 10-minutes at sea level

 

Nina Hiatt has worked helping clients find balance and beauty in their personal space through landscape and interior design. She specializes in helping young designers build their portfolios and start their own business.

In her free time, Nina enjoys anything to do with gardening, frompest control to original recipes directly from your own garden.

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