Re: [gardeners] stupid jalapeno question

George Shirley (
Fri, 26 Mar 1999 13:17:19 -0600

Harry Boswell wrote:

> If I plant jalapeno pepper plants, I will get jalapeno peppers.
> Just like the commercial producers.  If I buy a jar of jalapenos at the
> store, I get sliced jalapenos ready to put on my sandwich and pizza.
> What happens in between the plant and the jar?  Is this something I
> could do at home with minimal equipment?
> Thanks,
> Harry
> Harry Boswell       
> USDA Zone 8 (Mississippi USA)
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There's a special sliced jalapeno plant you have to buy. No, no, you might
try this, go to the newsgroup, look for the FAQ for
that group and you will find all sorts of ways to preserve your jalapenos.
Alternatively, wash and dry whole chiles, slice in thickness desired, cold
pack in pint jars, pack tightly, add some garlic and maybe some dill weed
if you like the taste. Prepare a 50:50 mixture of 5% vinegar and water,
bring to a boil, pour over chiles in jar to within 1/4 inch of top of jar,
put on lid and ring, make hand tight. Place the jars in a boiling water
bath, ie bring water to cover jars by 2 inches to a boil, insert jars, boil
for 5 minutes, 10 minutes is even better. Get the jars out, let sit on a
folded towel on counter until totally cool to the touch. You will probably
hear the lids "ping" as they seal. Remove jar ring but leave the lid on,
wash jars and lids with wet cloth in case any vinegar escaped the jars. Put
in cupboard and eat when you want. Once you open the jar refrigerate the
chiles for best results. I do about 20 or 30 pints a year to eat and give
to friends. Another alternative, come by the house and I'll lay some on
you. ;-)