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Preparing and Canning Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Jalapeño Rings

  • 3 pounds jalapeño peppers
  • 1½ cups pickling lime
  • 1½ gallons water
  • 7½ cups cider vinegar (5%)
  • 1¾ cups water
  • 2½ tablespoons canning salt
  • 3 tablespoons celery seed
  • 6 tablespoons mustard seed

Yield: About 6 pint jars.

Please read Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.


Caution: Wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face while handling or cutting hot peppers. If you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face or eyes.      

In this procedure, it is very important to avoid inhaling the lime dust while mixing the lime-water solution. It is also very important to follow the soaking instructions as written, and then to follow the multiple steps of rinsing, soaking in fresh cold water and draining three times as written. Excess lime absorbed by the pepper rings must be removed to make safe pickles for the canning process recommended. 

   1.   Wash peppers well and slice into ¼" thick slices (a mandolin slicer works well). Discard stem end. Mix 1½ cups pickling lime with 1½ gallons water in a stainless steel, glass or food grade plastic container. Avoid inhaling lime dust while mixing the lime-water solution. Soak pepper slices in the lime water, in refrigerator, for 18 hours, stirring occasionally (12 to 24 hours may be used).

   2. Drain lime solution from soaked pepper rings. Rinse peppers gently but thoroughly with water. Cover pepper rings with fresh cold water and soak, in refrigerator, 1 hour. Drain water from peppers.

   3. Repeat the rinsing, soaking and draining steps two more times. Drain thoroughly at the end.

   4. Wash and rinse pint canning jars; keep hot until ready to use. Prepare lids according to manufacturer's directions.

   5. Place 1 tablespoon mustard seed and 1½ teaspoons celery seed in the bottom of each clean, hot pint jar. Pack drained pepper rings into the jars, leaving ½-inch headspace.

   6. Bring cider vinegar, 1¾ cups water and canning salt to a boil over high heat. Ladle boiling hot brine solution over pepper rings in jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Make sure pepper rings are covered with brine.

   7. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened, clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal canning lids.

   8. Process in a boiling water canner according to the recommendations in Table 1. Let cool, undisturbed, 12 to 24 hours and check for seals.

Table 1. Recommended process time for Pickled Jalapeño Rings in a boiling-water canner.
  Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 - 1,000 ft 1,001 - 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Raw Pints 10 min 15 20

Developed at The University of Georgia, Athens, for the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Released by Elizabeth L. Andress, Ph.D., Department of Foods and Nutrition, College of Family and Consumer Sciences. September 2003.

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