Canning Hot Peppers


This is my recipe for canning peppers.

  • I bring 3 gal vinegar, 1 gal water and 1 lb canning salt to a boil.
  • Let cool down a bit then pour into 1 qrt large mouth with peppers, garlic and pickling spices.
  • Seal lid and let sit for 2 weeks before eating.

I have been doing it this way for more than 10 yrs now and never had a problem. But I've been doing some reading and I'm a little concerned about my process. All kinds of recipes say I should put my filled jars into a tub of water and boil for 15 minutes. I just want to be safe and not get anyone sick. Any advice would be appreciated.

Best Answer

The right way to know if your recipe is safe is to use a recipe from a trusted source. What you're doing is pickling, so just search for pickled pepper recipes. For example, I quickly found this one:

The NCHFP is one of the big authorities on canning in the US, so you can certainly trust that. You can add spices, and if desired add more salt or vinegar, but you don't want to use less - it might become unsafe.

And follow their process - there are reasons for everything. For example, all the boiling and details about how to fill the jars help guarantee that you get a good seal, so your jars will stay safe long-term. What you're doing is really prone to bad safety issues. For example, things could get colonized by bacteria while you let them cool, then you'd seal it in the jar and let it go to town. Or your seals could fail. You may get lucky for a long time, but not everyone will every time.

You should be able to find plenty of similar things from other universities, if you need, or you can buy an authoritative cookbook/reference.