I had a handful of jalapeños sitting in my fridge from our concrete garden, but have been too busy lately to use them all in my cooking.
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I love getting pickled jalapeños on sandwiches or pizza, so I figured that would be a great way to use them up, as well as help them from going bad in the bottom of the refrigerator. Score!
I adapted this recipe I found on allrecipes.com and it turned out great! My only warning: These turned out hella spicy. Like, I am quite positive the juice burned my throat when I ate one straight from the jar. Which is odd, because I didn’t think they were that hot when they were fresh. Anyways, consider yourself warned…on to the recipe!
Basically, add equal parts water and vinegar and go from there. Adjust the amounts based on how many peppers you have, and how large your jar is. Boil that, along with your spices. I reduced the amount of sugar from the original recipe, because I wanted to keep things spicy. If you like less heat, add more sugar.
Once it come to a boil, remove from heat and add the peppers. I had some onion and bell pepper leftover from dinner, so I threw those in as well. Peppers, onions, garlic, all tasty. This can’t go wrong.
After about 10 minutes, or whenever you remember you have a pot of peppers hanging out on your stove, transfer it to a clean glass jar. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the goods first, and then pour in the liquid. Ideally, this will avoid spills and overflow.
Now you have a jar ready to refrigerate and add to sandwiches, pizzas, etc, as you please! Um, pickled jalapeños on turkey and grilled cheese, anyone? NOM.
As I said before, these are pretty spicy, and just a couple slices chopped and added to my leftover Mapo Tofu (Chinese food) gave quite the kick. This will obviously vary depending on the peppers you use, how much sugar you add, and how long they have been marinating. Just sample a piece before you go dumping a handful on your scrambled eggs, and you’ll be fine. Okay?
*I did make the mistake of rubbing my eyes hours, and a few hand washings later, and it did indeed burn. So, gloves wouldn’t be a terrible idea.*