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