Canning Love: Candied Jalapenos

| 10/18/2011 1:48:26 AM

As a killing frost approaches we scramble to harvest what we can of summer vegetables that would shrivel and die after being glazed with an icy coat. Peppers that survive summer heat always seem to become prolific producers as the weather cools. With scads of peppers to preserve, this recipe for candied jalapenos that can be modified to use with a mixture of peppers is not only beautiful, but delicious!jalapenos cut up 

Gotta Love Those Peppers! 

Peppers are such a treat to have. We are so fortunate to have so many varieties available for us to grow. They are easy to grow and provide so many beautiful flavors, colors and textures to dishes ranging from rice to entrees, dips and casseroles. As long there is patience to let them fully ripe to their brilliant colors of reds, yellows, and oranges they can impart a bright rainbow to any recipe they are used for.

This is why I love this recipe for candied jalapenos. A jar of these peppers looks like jewels and becomes a centerpiece of appetizing appeal when brought out and sat on the table for any meal. Candied jalapenos are good on a variety of foods, but if you are a pepper eater, you might just eat a whole jar alone in one sitting!

I need to make a confession before going on any further. I'm kind of a softy, I mean, I just can't take the heat of straight jalapenos (especially if there are seeds!). It is embarrassing to admit, but it's true. If I eat too many jalapenos my tongue goes completely numb and I can't taste anything. I truly love jalapeno flavor, though. My remedy for this is to cut the amount of jalapenos in the recipe and use other sweet peppers in their place. I use ripe and unripe banana peppers, Anaheims, mini-bells or whatever peppers are available and need to be used. I like my candied jalapenos to be as large of a mixture of colors as possible, but other color schemes would work just fine. 

 Precaution, Please! 

12/20/2017 10:14:43 AM

I am a softy also. I make the hot stuff for family and friends that enjoy the heat but for myself and my circle of family and friends that can't take the heat I remove the seeds and the veins. I get all the flavor with absolutely NOheat. Really great!!! Also if I end up eating a pepper that is hot just put a teaspoon of sugar in your mouth and let it slowly dissolve. A friend of mine told me about this and it really works!!! Bryan I will try the soap and salt thing. I am canning jalapeno jelly and candied jalapeno for Christmas gifts and even tho I was using disposable gloves my hands burned. I will try it today if it happens again. Thank you for the FYI :-)

12/20/2017 10:14:41 AM

I am a softy also. I make the hot stuff for my husband and family that enjoy it hot but for myself and other softies in our circle of family and friends I remove the seeds and the veins and I get all the flavor with out any of the heat!!! Its great! Thank you so much

Sherry Tucker
8/27/2012 1:06:44 PM

Awesome! Thanks for the note about adding ginger!

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