Thursday 5 September 2013

Pickled Hot Peppers

When I used to make a lot of pickled peppers, I tried different kinds such as Lemongrass Pickled Peppers.  I don't make as many anymore; now I use a simple brine so that the peppers can be used in a variety of recipes or just nibbled on if you really like it spicy!

Some peppers from last year's batch were used in the Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread recipe I recently posted.

This brine recipe will be good for about 3-4 litres worth of pickled peppers, depending on how tightly they get packed in.  I keep the peppers whole, but also use this same recipe for sliced peppers.  And I generally use whatever I have on hand, usually a combination of jalapenos and Hungarian Hot Wax peppers (I poke a hole or make a small slice in whole peppers to avoid them bursting).  If you are short on hot peppers, you can slice up sweet peppers - the brine will eventually turn them hot as well.

1 1/2 to 2 pounds mixed hot peppers
2 1/2 cups water
3 1/2 cups vinegar
3 Tbsp white sugar
3 Tbsp coarse (pickling) salt
2 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp whole coriander
2 Tbsp whole peppercorns

Place all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil then reduce heat.  Simmer for about 5 minutes.  Pour into jars filled with fresh chiles. Either process using a hot water bath method or allow to cool naturally then keep in the fridge.

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