What if Peter Pecked Picked a Pickled Pepper? Darned if I know…
What I do know is the $7 of jalapenos and $6 of Ontario banana peppers combined with Ontario organic vinegar, some water and a few spices make a pile of hot peppers. There are 19 cups of banana peppers and 13 cups of Jalapenos. The total cost of ingredients come in around $1.50 per cup for local, preservative-free pickled hot peppers.
We’ve experimented with cider vinegar in these peppers (typical treatment is white vinegar). Hoping that there will be a touch of sweet under the heat of the peppers.
I wore gloves for the entire cutting process (I used a knife instead of a mandolin). My heavy duty gloves saved my hands – in part. 2 hours of slicing peppers eventually creeped into my gloves and onto my hands. I could still feel the tingle this morning and through noon – I can’t imagine the pain I’d be in if I had skipped the gloves altogether.
These two batches have me as excited as I’ve been in a long, long time for a batch of preserves. I adore hot things and thinking that we can add these local peppers to lunches, salads and meals for a long time to come is a real thrill. I was excited to find red banana peppers – they tend to be a rare find most times of year (I have a guess why this is the case but need to do some research before ranting a little :)) The sight of red peppers instantly inspired me to jump to the call of duty and through this 2-time shot of heat together in a single night.
A batch of hot peppers gets me excited beyond belief – what are your favourite batches of preserves to create/ consume?