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Marinated Peppers

William Schafer

Processing Time and Method

Boiling water bath
Half pints or pints, 20 minutes


Bell (not hot), Hungarian (hot), banana (hot or not hot), or jalapeño (hot)

Yield: About 9 half-pints

Caution: If you select hot peppers, wear rubber or plastic gloves while handling them or wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face.


Select your favorite pepper. Peppers may be left whole. Large peppers may be quartered. Wash, slash two to four slits in each pepper, and blanch in boiling water or blister in order to peel the tough-skinned hot peppers. Peppers may be blistered using one of the following methods:

Oven or broiler method:

Place peppers in a hot oven (400°F) or broiler for 6-8 minutes or until skins blister.

Range-top method:

Cover hot burner, either gas or electric, with heavy wire mesh. Place peppers on burner for several minutes until skins blister.
Allow peppers to cool. Place in pan and cover with a damp cloth. This will make peeling the peppers easier. After several minutes of cooling, peel each pepper. Flatten whole peppers. Mix all remaining ingredients in a saucepan and heat to boiling. Place ¼ garlic clove (optional) and ¼ teaspoon salt in each half-pint or ½ teaspoon per pint. Fill jars with peppers, add hot, well-mixed oil/pickling solution over peppers, leaving a ½-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process.

Note: It is possible to adjust the intensity of pickled jalapeño peppers by using all hot jalapeño peppers (hot style), or blending with sweet and mild peppers (medium or mild style).

For hot style:

Use 4 lbs. jalapeño peppers.

For medium style:

Use 2 lbs. jalapeño peppers and 2 lbs. sweet and mild peppers.

For mild style:

Use 1 lb. jalapeño peppers and 3 lbs. sweet and mild peppers.


Marinated Peppers. National Center for Home Food Preservation

Revised by Suzanne Driessen 2014

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