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Pickled Peppers

Print Makes about 4 (16 oz) pints
These versatile peppers can be used in spaghetti sauce, as a sandwich filling, to garnish a salad, to add a twist to an antipasto platter or as a gourmet pizza topping.

Level of Ease:

Medium

Preserving Method:

Waterbath Canning

You Will Need:

  • 4 large cloves garlic, roasted, removed from skin and mashed
  • 1-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion (about 1 large)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 4 tsp Ball® pickling or canning salt 
  • 20 medium sweet red peppers, such as red bell or Shepherd, roasted, peeled, seeded, deveined and cut lengthwise into serving-size pieces
  • Ball® (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands 

Directions:

  1. ROAST peppers and garlic cloves over hot coals, on a grill or under the broiler until charred, turning to roast all sides. Once the skin of the peppers wrinkles and chars and garlic has charred spots, remove from heat. Place peppers in a paper bag until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes, then lift off skins. Cool garlic. Squeeze roasted garlic cloves to remove from peel.
  2. PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil.  Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
  3. COMBINE roasted garlic, white vinegar, cider vinegar, white wine, water, onion, sugar, oregano and salt in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes, until garlic and oregano flavors have infused the liquid.
  4. PACK room temperature peppers into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Ladle hot pickling liquid into jar to cover peppers leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot pickling liquid. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
  5. PROCESS jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

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