top of page

Preserving Summer's Bounty: A Guide to Homemade Pickled Jalapeños


As the warm sun kisses the earth, coaxing forth a bountiful harvest from our gardens, there's one plant that holds a special place in my heart—the jalapeño pepper. With its vibrant green hue and fiery kick, the jalapeño adds a burst of flavor to any dish. Join me on a journey as I share my passion for growing and preserving jalapeños through the art of pickling.


In my humble homestead garden, nestled amidst rows of vibrant vegetables and fragrant herbs, the jalapeño plant stands tall and proud. With its glossy leaves and slender fruits, it thrives under the tender care of nurturing hands. From the moment the seeds are sown in rich, fertile soil to the first glimpse of tiny green peppers peeking through the foliage, each stage of growth is a testament to nature's abundance and resilience. With ample sunlight, consistent watering, and a touch of love, my jalapeño plants flourish, rewarding me with a plentiful harvest year after year.


As the summer sun reaches its zenith and the jalapeño peppers ripen to a vibrant shade of green, it's time to harvest nature's bounty. With gloved hands and pruning shears in tow, I carefully pluck each pepper from the verdant vines, taking care not to bruise their tender flesh. From crisp, firm specimens to those with a hint of red blush, each jalapeño holds the promise of culinary delights to come. With baskets brimming with freshly harvested peppers, I eagerly anticipate the next step in preserving their spicy goodness.


With an abundance of jalapeños at my fingertips, I turn to the age-old art of pickling to capture their fiery flavor and extend their shelf life. In a symphony of vinegar, spices, and heat, I prepare a brine infused with garlic, peppercorns, and fragrant herbs. Into sterilized jars, I pack the jalapeños snugly, ensuring each one is immersed in the tangy, aromatic liquid. Sealed tightly and left to mature, these pickled jalapeños become a pantry staple, ready to add a punch of flavor to tacos, sandwiches, and salads throughout the year.


As the seasons shift and the days grow shorter, I find solace in the knowledge that the essence of summer is preserved within the confines of a simple jar. From seed to harvest, the journey of the jalapeño pepper is a testament to the cycle of life and the abundance of nature. Through the simple act of pickling, I am able to savor the flavors of summer long after the last pepper has been harvested, keeping the warmth of the sun alive in every fiery bite.



Why I love making Pickled Jalapeno's:


1. Homemade Goodness: There's something deeply satisfying about creating pickled jalapeños from scratch, knowing exactly what goes into each jar and the care that goes into every step of the process.


2. Garden-to-Table Connection: Growing jalapeños in my own garden allows me to cultivate a connection with the food I eat, from seed to harvest. It's a rewarding experience to nurture the plants and witness their growth throughout the season.


3. Flavorful Versatility: Pickled jalapeños add a burst of flavor to a wide range of dishes, from tacos and nachos to sandwiches and salads. Their tangy, spicy kick elevates the taste of any meal and brings a delicious zing to every bite.


4. Preserving the Harvest: Pickling jalapeños allows me to extend the shelf life of my harvest, ensuring that I can enjoy the bounty of summer's peppers long after the growing season has ended.


5. Creative Expression: Experimenting with different spices and flavorings in the pickling brine allows me to customize the taste of my pickled jalapeños to suit my preferences. It's a fun and creative culinary endeavor that adds a personal touch to my kitchen creations.

6. Pantry Staple: Having a stash of homemade pickled jalapeños on hand in the pantry means I always have a flavorful ingredient ready to enhance my cooking. They're a versatile addition to many recipes and can be enjoyed year-round.


7. Sharing with Others: Sharing jars of homemade pickled jalapeños with friends and family is a gesture of love and generosity. It's a way to spread the joy of homegrown and homemade goodness with those I care about.


8. Culinary Adventure: Pickling jalapeños opens the door to a world of culinary exploration and experimentation. It's a journey of discovery as I learn new techniques, flavors, and recipes along the way.


9. Sustainable Living: Growing and preserving my own food is a sustainable practice that reduces food waste and minimizes my environmental footprint. It's a small but meaningful way to live in harmony with the earth.


10. Tradition and Heritage: Pickling is a time-honored culinary tradition that connects me to my heritage and the generations of home cooks who came before me. It's a way to honor the past while creating delicious memories for the future.


Ingredients:


Jalapeño Peppers: The star ingredient, providing heat and flavor to the pickles.


Vinegar: Typically white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, which adds acidity to the brine and helps preserve the peppers.


Water: Used to dilute the vinegar and create the pickling liquid.


Salt: Enhances the flavor of the pickles and helps preserve them.


Sugar: Adds a touch of sweetness to balance the acidity of the vinegar.


Garlic: Adds aromatic flavor to the pickles.


Spices: Optional spices like peppercorns, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, and bay leaves can be added to enhance the flavor profile.


Onions: Sliced onions can be included for added flavor and texture.


Step-By-Step guide to making pickled jalapeños:


1. Prepare the Jalapeños: Wash the jalapeños thoroughly under cold water. Slice them into rounds or leave them whole, depending on your preference. Remove the stems and seeds if you prefer milder pickles.

2. Prepare the Brine: In a saucepan, combine equal parts water and vinegar. Add salt and sugar to the mixture, adjusting the quantities to suit your taste. Bring the brine to a boil, stirring until the salt and sugar are fully dissolved.

3. Add Flavorings: Add garlic cloves, peppercorns, mustard seeds, or any other desired spices to the brine. You can also add sliced onions or fresh herbs like dill or cilantro for extra flavor.

4. Pack the Jars: Pack the prepared jalapeños into clean, sterilized jars, leaving some space at the top. Pour the hot brine over the jalapeños, ensuring they are completely submerged. Tap the jars gently to remove any air bubbles.

5. Seal the Jars: Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue. Place lids on the jars and screw on the bands until they are fingertip tight.

6. Process the Jars (Optional): If you plan to store the pickles at room temperature, process the jars in a boiling water bath for 10-15 minutes. Otherwise, skip this step if you intend to refrigerate the pickles.

7. Cool and Store: Allow the jars to cool to room temperature before transferring them to the refrigerator. Let the pickled jalapeños sit for at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to develop before enjoying them.

8. Enjoy: Pickled jalapeños can be enjoyed as a topping for tacos, nachos, sandwiches, burgers, or salads. They add a spicy kick and tangy flavor to any dish. Store any leftover pickles in the refrigerator for up to several months.

9. Experiment: Feel free to experiment with different flavorings and spice levels to customize your pickled jalapeños to your taste preferences. You can also try pickling other vegetables alongside the jalapeños for a variety of pickled treats.


Recipe:

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Cool Time: 1 hour Servings: Approximately 2 cups of pickled jalapeños



Tools Needed:

-Large saucepan or pot(Amazon)

- Clean, sterilized jars with lids(Amazon)

- Cutting board(Amazon)

- Knife for slicing jalapeños(Amazon)

- Measuring cups and spoons(Amazon)

- Wooden spoon(Amazon)

- Clean cloth or towel(Amazon)

- Jar lifter or tongs (for handling hot jars)(Amazon)

-Scale(Amazon)

- Optional: Canning funnel (for easier pouring of the brine into jars)(Amazon)

- Optional: Garlic press (if using garlic cloves)(Amazon)


Ingredients:

- 1 pound (about 450g) jalapeño peppers, sliced

- 2 cups (475ml) white vinegar

- 2 cups (475ml) water

- 3 tablespoons (45g) granulated sugar

- 2 tablespoons (30g) salt

- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed (optional)

- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns (optional)

- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (optional)


Instructions for Refrigerator Pickled Jalapeños:

1. Prepare the Jalapeños: Wash the jalapeños thoroughly under cold water. Slice them into rounds or leave them whole, depending on your preference. Remove the stems and seeds if you prefer milder pickles.

2. Prepare the Brine: In a saucepan(Amazon), combine the white vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar and salt are fully dissolved.

3. Add Flavorings: Add any optional flavorings to the brine, such as garlic cloves, peppercorns, mustard seeds, onion slices, or fresh herbs.

4. Pack the Jars: Pack the sliced or whole jalapeños into clean, sterilized jars (Amazon), leaving some space at the top. Pour the hot brine over the jalapeños, ensuring they are completely submerged. Tap the jars gently to remove any air bubbles.

5. Seal and Refrigerate: Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue. Place lids on the jars and screw on the bands until they are fingertip tight. Allow the jars to cool to room temperature before transferring them to the refrigerator. Let the pickled jalapeños sit for at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to develop before enjoying them. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to several months.


Instructions for Shelf-Stable Pickled Jalapeños:

1. Follow steps 1-3 above to prepare the jalapeños and brine.

2. Process the Jars: After packing the jars with jalapeños and hot brine, wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp cloth. Place lids on the jars and screw on the bands until they are fingertip tight.

3. Water Bath Canning: Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 10-15 minutes, ensuring that the jars are completely submerged in boiling water. Remove the jars from the water bath and let them cool on a clean towel or rack.

4. Cool and Store: Allow the jars to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, check the seals by pressing down on the center of the lids. If the lids do not flex or pop, the jars are properly sealed. Store the sealed jars in a cool, dark place such as a pantry or cupboard. Let the pickled jalapeños sit for at least 2 weeks to allow the flavors to develop before enjoying them. They will keep on the shelf for up to 1 year.

By following these instructions, you can enjoy delicious homemade pickled jalapeños either from the refrigerator or the pantry shelves, adding a spicy kick to your favorite dishes whenever you desire!


 Tips for Making Delicious Pickled Jalapeños:

1. Wear Gloves: Protect your hands from the spicy oils of jalapeños by wearing gloves when handling them, especially when slicing.

2. Sterilize Jars: Ensure your jars are thoroughly cleaned and sterilized before filling them with pickled jalapeños to extend their shelf life and prevent contamination.

3. Adjust Spiciness: Customize the heat level of your pickled jalapeños by removing or keeping the seeds and membranes intact. Removing them will result in milder pickles.

4. Allow Flavor to Develop: Let your pickled jalapeños sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before consuming to allow the flavors to meld and develop fully.


Nutritional information for pickled jalapeños (per serving size of 1 ounce or 28 grams):

- Calories: 10

- Total Fat: 0g

- Saturated Fat: 0g

- Cholesterol: 0mg

- Sodium: 590mg

- Total Carbohydrate: 2g

- Dietary Fiber: 1g

- Sugars: 1g

- Protein: 0g

Note: Nutrition values may vary depending on specific ingredients used and serving size.

Affiliate Link Disclaimer:

In my articles and content, I may include affiliate links to products or services that I believe are valuable to my readers in the context of homesteading. These links allow me to earn a small commission on purchases made through them, which helps support the operation of my blog and allows me to continue providing free, high-quality content.

Please note that I only recommend products or services that I have personally used, researched, or believe will add value to my audience. However, it's important to understand that my recommendations are based on my own experiences and opinions, and individual results may vary.

It's also worth mentioning that clicking on these affiliate links does not result in any additional cost to you. The prices of the products or services remain the same whether you purchase through my affiliate links or directly through the vendor's website.

I appreciate your support in using my affiliate links if you find my recommendations helpful. If you have any questions or concerns about affiliate links or any of the products or services I recommend, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. Your trust is important to me, and I am committed to being transparent about how I monetize my blog.

Thank you for being a part of my homesteading community!

Happy Cooking!



7 views0 comments

Commentaires


bottom of page