Monday, October 16, 2017

Part 2: Chilli Pickling

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Does this tongue twister ring a bell? I couldn't help but think of it, while pickling the peppers..I mean chillis..with Stefan on the weekend. We got everything ready to pickle and then realized we didn't have enough vinegar. So we decided to go play squash.. then buy some more vinegar and then get to work. It was a fun little project for a rainy day.

We borrowed this canning pot from Stefan's parents (on the right in the photo below), although if you don't have one, you can just use a regular pot and sterilized tongues.

The pot has a rack inside so you can take the sterilized jars out without touching them.

We loosely followed this recipe from the Roasted Root. Basically, you cut up the chillis, prep onion and garlic, fry to soften them up a bit. Then you sterilize the jars and make your vinegar mixture. You put the chilis in the jars, fill with the vinegar mixture and let cool. Its important to close the jars most of the way and then let cool so that they seal, and then tighten the jars.

These would make great gifts. I made chalk labels that say "Spice up Your Life". They are really spicy! Too spicy for me right now, but maybe after some time they will be more tolerable ;) Maybe next time we will try roasted red peppers.

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