The Stonybrook House: Canning Jalapeños

Canning Jalapeños

October 2, 2012

My garden is Ka Put!
The tomatoes really never appeared in abundance.  I might have gotten about a total of 25-35 good SMALL tomatoes.
The funny thing is my jalapeño plants did beautifully.
They were VERY abundant!  I gleaned every jalapeño I could find. 
Here is my last harvest.

I still can't believe that my tomatoes did so horribly!
Look at them!
Huge ugly monsters! All those tomatoes will be mostly rotten. But take a closer look, do you see the happy little jalapeño plant on the right? Happy and growing like it doesn't have a care in the world. :)

Okay so, there wasn't really enough tomatoes for my grandiose ideas for canning a basement full of salsa.  I know, I'm exaggerating, but come on really? I was so disappointed. 
If life gives you rotten tomatoes and beautiful jalapeños then do something with those beauties!
So, I did!
  I froze some and canned some.  I've never done either before, so we'll see how they come out.  It was very easy to freeze them.  The Blue Ball Canning Book, said to just wash them whole and put in a freezing container.  Which to me means a freezer zip lock bag. Easy peasy! Done!
Now off to canning....

I don't know why, but whenever I get set to can, I get a bit intimidated. 
Even though I've canned LOTS of times.  It's weird.  
Maybe it's because I've never canned jalapeños.
To overcome my fear, I read the Blue Ball Canning Book.  Then I thought I'd take a look at some YouTube videos.  
There are some really good ones out there. 
I really liked this one.

I was much more confident after watching a few. The Blue Ball Canning Book tells you to water bath the jars, but in watching the videos, I could see that wasn't going to be necessary. 
What I'm going to tell you, you have to do at "your own risk". I guess that's because Blue Ball Canning I and don't want to be liable... blah, blah, blah...
I've never water bathed the jams I've made and a few other items that are "hot packed".
Anyway.... This is SUPER DUPER EASY!!! Of course, not as easy as freezing them, but I wanted to try this way too, to see which way
 my fam likes them the best.
In the videos, they said to wash your jars in the dishwasher and leave them in there to keep them warm.  Brilliant!! Genius!
Then put on your disposable gloves and start chopping away.  I just cut them up seeds and all.  A lot of the seeds ended up in the bottom of the bowl.

Aren't those colors just gorgeous!?
Next combine and boil your brine mix. I mixed 4 cups of vinegar, 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup pickling salt.
Heat all of that up until it's boiling.  

If you watch the video above, I don't really need to give you the step by step.
I stuffed my jars.
Then when the brine is boiling ladle it in the jars
 with about 1/4inch head space.
Wipe the rim and put your canning lid on. Screw the ring on and turn and flip a few times, then place upside down on a dishtowel for 24 hours.
Then the next day, flip them over and you are DONE! I heard not to open a can for at least two weeks, for the "pickling" to be complete.
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I'll let you know how they taste vs the frozen ones.
Next year, I might do sweet pickled.  That might be different. I made these beans a couple of weeks ago that were TO DIE FOR! They were sweet and then I added the jalapeños.  Sweet and hot.... YUM!
Do you like to can?  If so, what?

If you like it PIN it!


  1. My mother-in-law in England uses this upside-down method only and thought I was a crazy American when I told her that I used the water-bath method for safety reasons. She says they've been doing it that way for years without problems but I still go by the Ball Canning Method. Yours jalapenos look beautiful! I just bought pickled jalapenos at the store and want to make them myself next time. Nice post!

    1. Hi Holly! Well, I think I'm going to agree with your mother-in-law on this one. I couldn't believe how easy it was! I'm dying to break into a jar, but I'm going to wait... :) Thanks for reading!!

  2. Fantastic! I can't wait to do this, we also have a million peppers. This year I actually got a LOT of tomatoes, versus last years Green Tomato extravaganza I experienced. Bleh! Anyway, the other mistake I made was to try growing my tomatoes "like they do on the farm" I thought, and let them sprawl all around. It was fine until they started to ripen, and it was a never ending battle with snails. Tomato cages from now on it is!

    1. Awesome!! I think I had your Green Tomato extravaganza... :( I tried putting a cage around them, they just overran them. The cages ended up completely bent over, so I left them... Did you trim your tomato plants?

  3. Hi Lori,
    My family loves Bread and Butter Jalapenos. The recipe is almost the same as yours except you add sliced onions, pickling spice and some sugar. I also put a little diced red and green bell pepper. You can use the microwave to make them. Very easy peasy!

    1. Hi Jackie! I'm so glad you sent me your email! Bread and butter jalapeños sounds wonderful!! I'm definitely going to have to try that! Thanks for reading!

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  5. Thanks for your great post! How did they turn out after you opened the jars? I am super nervous, since I've never canned before...any tips and tricks would be great! Thanks -jessi

    1. Hi Jessi! They came out great!! Seriously, it is soooo easy to do. If I can anyone can! Go for it! Good luck to you!


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