Spicy Pickled Peppers

This is a few days late, but on Saturday we made spicy pickled peppers using the large amount of peppers that we have growing.  Mostly, we used Serrano peppers because my 3 plants have gone mad. MAD I TELL YOU!

We used this recipe for Sweet Honeyed Pickle Peppers that I found.  The recipe called for 8 ounce jars, but we had 16 ounce so we decided to double the recipe.  I think we had about half a pound of Santa Fe Grande peppers left, and we added in about 4 Habaneros.  We didn’t have an alum, and Lynn forgot to add the olive oil at the end.

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The carrots we used were also grown in our garden.  They are a round type grown in shallower soil.  I believe we used about 6 of the carrots.

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I started out cutting the peppers with my two oldest sons.  I was starting to come down with a stomach bug and being around the peppers made me feel really sick.  Thankfully, my boys are good workers and they cut up and removed the seeds of most of the two pounds of peppers for me

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Lynn got the jars and lids cleaned and ready for canning, heated up water in the water bath canning pots, and prepared the pickling liquid.

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We filled the jars with peppers and carrots.  Only 3 of the 6 jars had Habaneros added.

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Then the pickling solution was added and the jars were sealed.

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Now we have to wait about 3 more weeks to eat our spicy pickled peppers.

As an aside, it is important to have enough gloves when cutting the peppers.  I had some gloves and I let my sons use most of them.  I didn’t have one on my left hand while holding the peppers and cutting them.  Later in the evening I was stuck on the couch feeling horrible as the stomach bug got worse.  At one point my eye started to water and I wiped it with my hand.  Some of the pepper juice must have still been on my hand and I got it into my eyes.  I felt like I had been pepper sprayed, and that is never a pleasant experience.

-Joshua

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Playing Catch-up

Weekends are usually busy around here so I will most likely post on the weekdays. So here are a few things that I didn’t get to post about this weekend!

  1. I tried to make mascarpone cheese last week, on Tuesday. It didn’t work. This made me sad. Possible causes: Not enough time (I was very rushed and cheese-making is not a quick kitchen experiment), ultra-pasteurized heavy whipping cream which doesn’t thicken easily, and not researching it enough before I tried it. The result: I had to dump a whole quart of whipping cream down the drain.
  2. I never posted my pic of my finished maple rolls.
    I should have whipped up a glaze for them! But it was 7 AM on a Saturday morning and I am not a morning person...
    I should have whipped up a glaze for them! But it was 7 AM on a Saturday morning and I am not a morning person…
    They weren’t sweet enough! I should have doubled or tripled the amount of sugar I used and probably used more butter. I liked their texture though. I will try these again but do a different filling and make an icing for them.
  3. Josh and I tried canning Saturday afternoon. Josh’s pepper plants went crazy and produced more peppers than we can use fresh, so we pickled about a pound or more of them. It was a family event. The two oldest boys helped by slicing peppers. They wore gloves to keep them from burning their fingers on the serranos. Josh helped the boys, and I took care of prepping the pickling solution and sterilizing the lids and jars.
    Canning takes up a lot of space! Someday, I want a 6-burner range. :)
    Canning takes up a lot of space! Someday, I want a 6-burner range. 🙂

    The finished product: 6 jars of pickled santa fe grande, habanero, and serrano peppers along with some homegrown carrots for fun. I checked their seals this morning and they all sealed!
    The finished product: 6 jars of pickled santa fe grande, habanero, and serrano peppers along with some homegrown carrots for fun. I checked their seals this morning and they all sealed!
    Today’s kitchen experiments: Sourdough pizza crust for some calzones so I can practice for making pizza crust again on Friday for a family lunch, and I am hoping to cold-brew coffee overnight. I also just finished making scones but I’ve made those so many times that they don’t count as a kitchen experiment. 🙂

    Chocolate chip scones as requested by my boys. Sprinkled with espresso sugar.
    Chocolate chip scones as requested by my boys. Sprinkled with espresso sugar.
    I also might mix up some homemade hand soap if I have time!