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They’re also expensive to buy so preserving them from the garden or farmers market is a great way to enjoy them during the off-season.
This summer we have 40 pepper plants in the greenhouse (learn how to grow amazing peppers from seed) and the goal is to preserve A LOT of peppers with canning and freezing. Maybe some dehydrating too in our Excalibur dehydrator (affiliate link). I wanted to have a round up of amazing preserving methods and recipes for canning to have on hand once our harvests start rolling in. I’ve also got some fermented recipes to share with you.
*Word of caution*
When handling HOT peppers make sure you use gloves!! I didn’t when making jalapeno jelly a couple years ago and oh boy was that a learning lesson. Also you could experiment with the type of peppers you use, especially when it comes to hot peppers. Joybilee farm has a breakdown of different hot peppers.
the Best Canning Recipes for Preserving Peppers
I personally love Ajvar and we’re growing Ajvarski peppers from Baker Creek Seeds this summer to make and preserve this dip/spread. Here’s a recipe from Cooking the Globe on how to make this roasted red pepper and eggplant sauce and directions for canning.
Jalapeno Pepper Jelly (red from cranberries, pectin free!)
A couple years ago we had a lot of jalapeno peppers in our garden and we really wanted to make a nice clear jelly that was red. The only downside was that EVERY recipe that I found used red dye in it. Yuck. This recipe from Simply Canning is AMAZING because it uses cranberries for the colour and uses tart apples for pectin instead of buying store bought. Total win-win! I highly recommend this recipe!
Sriracha Hot Sauce!
Recipe from Fresh Bites Daily
Canning Banana Pepper Rings
Recipe from a Thrifty Mom
Peach & Pepper Jam
Recipe from Season & Suppers
Pineapple Jalapeno Jam
Recipe from Attainable Sustainable
Blackberry Jalapeno Pepper Jam
Recipe from Southern made Simple
Recipe from Closet Cooking
Fermented Hot Sauce using Cayenne Peppers
Recipe & method by Homestead Honey
Fermented Jalapeno Rings
from Reformation Acres
Zesty Pickled Jalapeno Relish
recipe from Reformation Acres
Fermenting Banana Pepper Rings
Fermented chili paste
Recipe from Grow Forage Cook Ferment
Lacto Fermented Hot Sauce
from Nitty Gritty Life
Freezing & Dehydrating to Preserve Peppers
Here’s some links on how to freeze and dehydrate peppers for preservation.
- How to freeze sweet peppers from Tenth Acre Farm
- How to Dehydrate Peppers from Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.