A Peck of Pickled Peppers

The last few summers I could have been called Peter Piper because I picked a few pecks of peppers and pickled until I got sick of it. I was giving pepper away by the grocery bag full. Now, I love peppers, and you might expect my to say that I really don’t want another high yielding year, but I won’t. I can find so many ways to work peppers into our meals and for what I can’t use there is always someone in need of a few.wildflowerfarm.org

Pickled Peppers
To pickle my peppers I like to keep it very basic
1 tsp.  Kosher Salt
equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and Water poured over the peppers that have been washed and placed in clean jars.

I opened a jar of chili peppers and one of jalapenos (the top two jars in the picture) today. I wanted to test the flavor of the peppers and wasn’t thinking apparently because I just grabbed a chili pepper and took a bite. These chili pepper were burning my fingers last fall when I was picking them. I like hot food, but I also like a little warning before I take a bite. A little warning with this one would have been nice. After I got over the initial shock, the flavor was pretty good. The heat of the peppers had lessened slightly since last fall.

I then tested one of the jalapenos. I was a little more aware of what I was doing with this one. They turned out relatively mild in my taste. A step above the pepperccini peppers I like to use in Bloody Mary’s. The flavor was great, a little vinegar, good pepper-ness, all around good. I see a new pickled egg recipe in the future as well as a pepper relish and of course some Spicy Bloody Mary’s.

Bloody Mary By the Glass
I like to make a meal in my Bloody Mary. I list the ingredients I use because there is no measuring when I make drinks a little of this and a little more of that, by the end of the night it’s a lot of this and a dash of that.

Tomato Juice
Pepper Vodka and/or Pendleton Whiskey
Tabasco Sauce
Worcestershire Sauce
A1 Steak Sauce
Pepperccini Peppers
Celery Stick
Green Olives
New Pickled Peppers

Everything in the glass and enjoy!
A peck, by the way, is an actual form of measurement.

1 US peck  = 1/4 of a bushel
= 2 dry gallons
= 8 quarts
= 16 pints
= 32 cups

By this measure I had at least a bushel of peppers and a few bushels of tomatoes!


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