Pickled Jalapeños

Pickling peppers when they’re ready lets you enjoy the their flavor and nutritional benefits year-round. Tacos and nachos provide an excellent venue to pile them onto your plate.

The Science

Chili peppers can provide a lot of vitamin C and antioxidants if you can take their heat! A PLOS ONE study showed that these nutritional qualities increase for heirloom peppers under organic production, especially when the peppers are allowed to fully ripen on the plant.

The Recipe

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  • Sterilized canning jars of your size preference, with rings and fresh seals
  • Large pot to shallow boil your jars
  • Best if you have a canning kit that includes a funnel and tongs to pull hot jars out of the pot.
  • Cookie sheet
  • Ladle (very important)


Play around with quantities. Make the amount that feels good for the size of the operation you can handle in your kitchen.

  • 5 lbs. jalapeños, washed
  • 3 lbs. onions, peeled
  • 2 lbs. carrots, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seed
  • A handful fresh marjoram or oregano
  • A handful fresh bay leaves,
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • Heat-sterilized preserving jars with lids and seals.

Equal parts:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Water (enough to cover cooked vegetables: probably about 12 cups of each)

Cooking Directions

  • Slice the jalapeños and carrots into ¼-inch thick discs.
  • Cut the onions into quarters and thinly slice.
  • Make the pickling solution with equal quantities of distilled vinegar and water. Add the coriander seed, marjoram, bay leaves, and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables to the boiling liquid. When it comes back to a boil, scoop the jalapeños and other vegetables out and pack into sterilized jars. Bring the pickling liquid back to a boil, then pour it over the peppers to completely cover them. Place a seal on each jar and lightly screw on a top. The heat from the pickling solution will seal the jars. If some don’t seal, you can keep them in the fridge for several months.
  • Once cool, you can tighten the rings on the jars.



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