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Pickled Banana Peppers

  • Yield: 6 quarts


  • 1 1/2 pounds banana peppers
  • 2 quarts distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion, halved and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 24 garlic cloves


  • With a sharp knife, make a slit in the peppers from stem to tip, do not cut all the way through.
  • In a nonreactive pot, combine the vinegar, peppercorns, salt, sugar, cayenne, and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Add the peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the vegetables wilt slightly. Remove from the heat.
  • Using tongs, pack the peppers snugly in 6 hot sterilized quart-size preserving jars. Evenly divide the onion, bay leaves, and garlic among the jars, tucking them in between the peppers. Fill each jar with the hot vinegar mixture to within 1/2 inch of the top. With a clean damp towel, wipe the rim and fit with a hot lid. Tightly screw on the metal ring. Process in a hot-water bath for 15 minutes.