Pickled Jalapenos: The Staple you didn’t realize you were Missing




Pickled jalapenos add flavor to many recipes.  If you love the taste, but not the heat, pickled jalapenos are the ingredient for you.  They can be chopped and added to recipes, or you can use whole slices as a garnish.

The rich color and southwestern flavor will liven up eggs, rice, even salads!  However, the flavor isn’t the only benefit that these peppers bring.

Jalapenos are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A.  These are the vitamins that reduce sickness, boost the immune system, protect against carcinogenic free-radicals, and support skin and eye health.  Peppers also boast the component capsaicin, the compound that gives them heat.  Capsaicin actually helps you burn calories and lose weight.  It also supports a healthy heart and digestive tract.

So, if hot and spicy isn’t your style…

Don’t worry.  Instructions are readily available in most cookbooks and online for canning your own vegetables and fruits.  Anyone  with a little time to research can package their own goods.

Canning or pickling your own jalapenos can be a great organic option.  Peppers are easy to grow, require little care, and when grown at home, you can be sure that they are organic.

Pickled jalapenos recipes

DIY Canning

While there are more detailed guides out there, the basics of canning are simple!  You can find many different recipes, but the process goes like this:

1) Slice your jalapenos and remove the tops.

2) Sterilize your jars and lids by boiling them in a large pot of water.  (Buy new lids every year, but feel free to reuse the jars.)

3) In a separate pot, boil your brine mixture.  (The brine varies by recipe but basically includes water, vinegar, and pickling salt.)

4) Fill jars with jalapeno slices.

5) Cover jalapenos in jars with brine leaving ¼ inch headspace.

6) Band the jars and submerge in boiling water for about 12 minutes.

7) Remove jars from water with tongs and allow them to cool.  After thirty minutes, check to see that the jars have sealed.  The button on the lid should be firmly dented in.

A few good twists to homemade pickled jalapenos…

You can add complementary flavors to your jar of pickled peppers.  Some popular ones include garlic or onions.  You could also pickle tomatoes in the same jar, or cucumbers for spicier pickles.

Spice up Common Recipes

How often do you eat eggs for breakfast?  You can scramble them, you can fry them, you can poach them, but after a while, plain eggs can be dull.  Try this recipe instead.

Huevos Rancheros (Ranch Style Eggs)

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 slice onion finely chopped
  • 1 slice tomato chopped
  • 4-5 small pickled jalapeno slices diced
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour cream (optional)

Scramble the eggs with salt and pepper in a small frying pan until glistening (cooked but still moist.)  Top with the cheese and allow cheese to melt.  Top with onion, tomato, and jalapenos.  Add a dollop of sour cream if desired.  Serve hot.

Servings: 2

What about lunch?

Do you ever get a hankering for pizza midday?  Or maybe a heaped up taco bursting with crisp, green lettuce in the evening?

Mmm, Mmm Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pizza crust
  • 1 Pizza sauce
  • 8 oz. Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 6-8 chopped pickled jalapeno slices
  • ¼ cup diced onion

This pizza is perfect for when you are craving savory, filling foods.  Preheat a pizza pan to 400 degrees.  Smooth a layer of sauce over the pizza crust.  Top with equal amounts of each cheese until pizza is covered (You may have some cheese left over.)  Sprinkle chopped onion and chopped jalapeno slices over the pizza evenly, and then tear off small bits of the green onion and dispense over pizza.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.

Serves: 4-8

Notorious Taco

This taco is known for its distinct vegetarianism.  Some say a meatless taco is not a taco, but we don’t argue semantics.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of your choice of beans (Black Beans work well)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • Pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1 bundle of green leafy lettuce
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 8 oz. Mexican blend cheese
  • Taco Shells
  • Taco seasoning
  • Sour Cream

You can buy premade shells or make your own.  Warm beans in a small pot with taco seasoning.  Fill taco shell with beans, onion, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, and then top with cheese and sour cream.  Enjoy this fast and easy meal.

Store your Pickled Jalapenos

Canned pickles will stay good two years or more.  You can also store your pickled jalapenos in the fridge.  If they are packed in vinegar, they should stay good until Armageddon.  Anytime you want to add a little twist to normal meals, pull them out and throw them in!

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