Refrigerator-Pickled Banana Peppers

Refrigerator-Pickled Banana Peppers ~ A great way to pickle peppers in the fridge, use those garden fresh veggies in this great recipe!

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My veggie garden isn’t big by any definition, but I seem to have a decent green thumb when it comes to growing peppers. Last year I grew red and green bells and banana peppers with great success, but had trouble using them all — or giving them away — before they went bad. This year the peppers are flourishing once again, and so began my search for other ways to use ’em all.

Refrigerator-Pickled Banana Peppers ~ A great way to pickle peppers in the fridge, use those garden fresh veggies in this great recipe!

I’ve always found jarring/canning interesting, albeit a bit intimidating, especially given the special equipment needed. Instead, I sought out a way to pickle foods in the fridge using recycled glass jars and lids. I came across a brine recipe paired with simple instructions at eHow, so I figured it was worth a shot.

Refrigerator-Pickled Banana Peppers ~ A great way to pickle peppers in the fridge, use those garden fresh veggies in this great recipe!

This recipe will work with many types of veggies; get creative! I chose this particular recipe since its ingredients and instructions were in line with what I had in mind originally (quick and simple), but definitely don’t limit yourself to what I did. The original recipe includes coriander but I omitted that and added peppercorns to my jarred peppers and onions. I reserved some of the dill from my garden and slipped a few sprigs into the jars before putting them in the fridge, but removed them once I opened the jars to sample. Hubby and I like our peppers garlicky, so I added two extra cloves to the jars in addition to the ones used in preparing the brine.

As hard it was to not sample them before 24 hours had passed (the minimum pickling time), the wait was worth it. The peppers are crisp, crunchy and full of flavor. They’ll add a power punch to any ordinary salad or sandwich, for sure. Just be sure to have some breath mints handy for afterward … you stand warned! 😉

Refrigerator-Pickled Banana Peppers

Rating: 41

Adapted from Refrigerator Pickled Peppers at eHow.com.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of vinegar (white, apple cider, or red wine all work well)
  • 4 medium-sized banana peppers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 6-10 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dill (or fresh dill sprigs)
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns (divided)
  • 2 clean pickle jars (recycled is fine!)

Instructions

  1. Wash and prep peppers thoroughly. Slice and de-seed them if not pickling them whole (I chose rings). Be sure to wear gloves if using the spicier pepper types! Add peppers to jars, approximately 2 per jar, more or less depending on the addition of other ingredients.
  2. Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, oregano, dill and 6 garlic cloves in medium saucepan. Bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer with lid for 20 minutes.
  4. If adding additional veggies such as onion, chop to preferred size and add to jar along with 1/2 tsp. of peppercorns and some fresh dill, if desired.
  5. Once brine has finished simmering, strain mixture and discard scraps. Slowly ladle strained brine into jars, covering contents.
  6. Once jars are cool enough to handle, transfer to the refrigerator.
  7. Brine peppers for at least 24 hours.
  8. Keep refrigerated!
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Refrigerator-Pickled Banana Peppers ~ A great way to pickle peppers in the fridge, use those garden fresh veggies in this great recipe!

 

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Comments

  1. I love how you did this. I believe you really don’t need a great big garden to have all of the abundances. I love gardening, too! (=

    • Thanks Gloria! These were so fun to make and lasted so much longer and tasted so much better than expected. Hubby and I just finished them this weekend and the last peppers and onions were still crunchy and crisp. I topped my hot dog with ’em and just a little yellow mustard and it was a-MAZ-ing.

  2. Hi there, these look great and I’m anxious to try them. One question – am I missing where you used the other half teaspoon of peppercorns? Was it perhaps with the banana peppers when you added them to the jars? Or was it supposed to go in the simmering brine?
    Thanks!

    • Hi! I guess I wasn’t exactly clear on what to do with that other 1/2 tsp. of peppercorns, huh? 😀 Since I had 2 jars, I divided the 1 tsp. peppercorns between the jars, so 1/2 tsp. in each. Sorry for the confusion!

  3. Ashlyn Black says:

    Hi there. My brine is simmering as we speak! I’m so excited to try these because we got a bunch of banana peppers in our co-op shipment this week! We also got a bunch of pickling cucumbers and I’m just wondering…does this recipe work for pickles, too? Thanks!

  4. How long do they keep in the fridge?

    • Hi Jess! I’m actually not sure how long they’ll keep because they’re never around longer than 2 mos. at my place … so I guess at least 2 mos.? 😉 I also didn’t use big jars, in case the peppers weren’t a hit, so we used them faster.

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