Guide to Pickling and Canning Crisp Banana Peppers

Banana peppers with a canning jar
Canning crisp banana peppers requires soaking the peppers in jars with pickling brine and spices. Pickled peppers can be canned using a hot water bath canning method, as the pickling process increases their acidity.

The Key to Keeping Banana Peppers Crisp

The best way to have crisp canned banana peppers is to start with fresh, crunchy peppers. For the best texture, discard mushy, bruised, and limp peppers before canning.

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Pickled banana peppers in bowl

How to Make Pickled Banana Peppers Recipe

  • Author: Leo
  • Total Time: 24 hours, 50 minutes


This easy pickled banana peppers recipe is tasty and perfect for first-time picklers and canners. You can make hot banana peppers by adding jalapenos or pepperoncini to this recipe!


  • pounds banana peppers
  • 5 cups apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 5 teaspoons pickling salt
  • 2 tablespoons celery seed
  • 4 tablespoons mustard seed


  1. Wash and sterilize canning jars, lids, and screw bands. Keep jars hot until use.
  2. Wash peppers and cut off the stems. Slice peppers into ¼ to ½ inch slices.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the cider vinegar, water, and salt and bring to a rolling boil.
  4. Add ½ tbsp celery seed and 1 tbsp mustard seed into the bottom of each clean, hot jar. Fill jars with sliced banana pepper rings.
  5. Cover the sliced peppers with boiling water, leaving ½ inch headspace at the top of the jar.
  6. Remove air bubbles using a sanitized spatula. Wipe the rims of the jars and apply the lids and screw bands.
  7. If not canning the peppers, allow them to cool to room temperature and then place them in a refrigerator and allow them to marinate for a week. Consume pickled banana peppers within a month.
  8. If canning, process the jars in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes at an elevation less than 1,000 feet and 15-20 minutes at elevations above 1,000 feet.


Optional: For spicy peppers, substitute 1 pound of banana peppers for jalapenos or pepperoncini peppers. 

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Pickling Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • Serving Size: 30g
  • Calories: 5kcal
  • Sodium: 270mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 0.3g

Useful Tools for Canning Crisp Banana Peppers

These tools are helpful when canning banana peppers:

  • Canning funnel
  • Ball Mason jars (half-pint or pint)
  • Canning lids
  • Canning rack
  • Canning tongs or jar lifter
  • Large pot
  • Ladles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Spatula

It is important that all tools and equipment are sanitized before canning for food safety.

Canning jars upside down on a towel with a pile of screw bands in front of them
Canning jars and screw bands

Why Do You Need to Pickle Banana Peppers before Canning Them?

Pickling banana peppers raises the acidity and allows them to be canned using the water bath canning method. Low-acid foods such as cabbage and peppers cannot be water-bath canned without adjusting the pH level.

Additionally, pickling peppers before canning gives canned peppers more flavor. Most canning recipes for banana peppers include a pickle brine.

Can You Use Pickle Crisp when Canning Peppers?

Yes, you can use Pickle Crisp when canning peppers. The calcium chloride granules in Pickle Crisp helps to keep the peppers crisp throughout the canning process without lowering the acidity.

Pickle crisp is a safer alternative to lime, which was traditionally used to keep food crisp during canning, but would lower the acidity of the food in the process. 

What Causes Peppers to Not Be Crisp After Canning?

There are many reasons that peppers may not be crisp, including:

  • Failing to use pickle crisp or pickling salt
  • Overprocessed peppers (may have a shriveled appearance)
  • The peppers have gone bad (indicated by cloudy sediment at the base of the jar)
  • Using limp or damaged peppers
  • Using too weak of a vinegar solution (vinegar should have at least 5% acidity)

Tips to Keep Banana Peppers Crisp

  • Add pickling salt instead of sea salt or Kosher salt to the brine
  • Store canned peppers away from heat and direct sunlight
  • Use fresh, firm peppers
  • Use Pickle Crisp or calcium chloride
  • When pickling peppers, use soft water or distilled water

How Long Will Canned Banana Peppers Last?

Canned banana peppers can last 18 months when properly stored. Store your peppers at a temperature range of 40-70 degrees Fahrenheit in a dark, dry location away from sunlight and humidity.


Leo loves growing and eating his own food and has since he was a child in Alabama working in the giant family garden. He still tries to get as much of his own food in the pantry as possible while living in California and working a much smaller patch of dirt. When not gardening or canning, Leo can often be found deep in a good book or playing with his son.

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