Making pickled banana peppers is so easy! You'll be putting them on everything from subs to tacos in no time!
Subs. Heros. Poboys. Sandwiches. No matter the name, I love them all! I’ve always had a weakness for delicious sandwiches on fresh-baked bread with loads of toppings.
Ever since I can remember, I would always ask for extra banana peppers whenever I ordered sandwiches at a deli. And at home, I always kept a full jar of pickled banana peppers in the fridge. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that banana peppers were one of the first things I planted when I started planting my own backyard garden several years back.
I’ve found banana peppers quite easy to grow (and I live in upstate New York where the growing season is significantly shorter than other places in the country). Throughout the latter half of every summer, I harvest loads of fresh banana peppers and then pickle them for delicious Fall and Winter sandwiches. Pickling peppers is incredibly quick and easy. In fact, the only downside is waiting a couple of weeks until the peppers are fully pickled!
Here are a couple of tips that I’ve picked up about Pickled Banana Peppers over the years:
- Pickled Banana Peppers are a delicious topping on more than just sandwiches. Try eating them straight or adding them to pizza, pasta, salads, hamburgers, hotdogs, etc.
- Any type of vinegar can be used when making Pickled Banana Peppers. However, white vinegar is the best option for preserving the color of your peppers. Other vinegars (cider, red wine, etc.) will alter the color of the peppers.
- Banana peppers can be pickled whole, but you should cut several long slits in the peppers if you go this route. The slits will help the pepper become fully pickled.
- Pickled Banana Peppers will last in the fridge for 2-3 months. If you are looking to keep the peppers longer, then try canning the jars.
- Have fun with the spices. There is no hard and fast rule about the ingredients that go into the pickling mixture. The recipe below is a classic version that has become my go-to recipe, but you can easily adapt it to your tastes. For example, I happened to have pink peppercorns in my pantry, so I used those instead of black peppercorns this time. Throw in some dill seed or celery seed for a different flavor!
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