How To Preserve Jalapenos

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to preserve jalapenos?”, and discuss the different methods of preserving jalapenos and the potential implications of preserving jalapenos.

How To Preserve Jalapenos


Canning of Jalapenos using vinegar

Canned jalapenos are preserved in vinegar brine along with herbs such as oregano and other seasonings of choice by using a canner. Preserving jalapenos in vinegar by using a canning process is a great way to ensure that one has a steady supply of jalapenos for the next two years. Here is a basic recipe for canning jalapeno peppers.

The canned jalapeno recipe requires the following tools and ingredients :

  • Water bath canner
  • Large pot
  • 6 pint-size Mason jars
  • 2-piece lids
  • Large bowl
  • 2-3 pounds of jalapenos
  • 7 cups white vinegar
  • 1 3/4 cups of water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons canning salt
  • 3 tablespoons celery seed
  • 6 tablespoons mustard seed

 The steps involved in this process are as follows:

  • Wash and cut the whole jalapenos into quarter-inch slices. If one desires mild peppers, make sure to remove the seeds. Place the crispy jalapeno slices into a bowl of cold water and refrigerate for one day.
  • Put one tablespoon of mustard and one teaspoon of celery salt into the bottom of each pint jar.
  •  Rinse and drain the jalapenos and fill the jars, leaving a half-inch of headspace.
  •  Pour the white or cider vinegar, water, and salt into a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Ladle the vinegar mixture into each jar of peppers until they are covered.
  •  Cover the jars with their lids and place them into the water canner for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pint jars and let them cool for up to 24 hours before storing them in the pantry.

Preserve Jalapeno Peppers by Pickling

Preserving fresh jalapenos by pickling is another way to store them for a longer time. 

Pickled Jalapeno Peppers need the following:

  • Water bath
  • Large pot
  • 1 1/2 pounds of jalapenos
  • 3 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
  • Mason jars
  • 2-piece lids

 The steps involved are as follows:

  • Wash the whole peppers and cut them into quarter-inch rings.
  •  Pour the water, vinegar, and salt into a large pot and boil for five minutes.
  •  Heat the jars in the water canner at a temperature of 180°F for ten minutes.
  • Remove them from the water and pack each jar with peppers, leaving half an inch of headspace.
  •  Ladle the brine over the top of the hot peppers until they are covered. 
  • Place the jars back into the water bath carefully until they are submerged, cover with a lid, and return to a boil.
  • Boil for ten minutes and remove from the heat. Remove the jars and allow them to cool for 24 hours before storing them in a cool, dark place, such as the pantry.

Making Candied Jalapenos

Candied jalapenos are a sweet and spicy condiment that is great as a topping or relish. This recipe calls for red wine vinegar for a slightly different flavor.

Candied Jalapeno Peppers require:

  • 1 pound sliced green and red jalapeños
  • 1 cup sliced garlic
  • 2 minced banana peppers
  • 3 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 pint-size jars
  • 2-piece lids
  • Large saucepan
  • Water canner

The recipe involves the following steps:

  • Combine the sugar, vinegar, banana peppers, and seasonings into a large pan and bring to a rapid boil before reducing the heat and simmering for 5 minutes.
  • Pack the jalapeno red peppers and garlic slices into Mason jars, leaving half an inch of headspace.
  •  Ladle the brine over the top of the peppers and place the lids and rims on each jar.
  • Carefully set the Mason jars into the boiling water of the canner and process them for 15 minutes.

Jellied Jalapeno Peppers Recipe

A fun way of preserving jalapenos is to make jars of jellied peppers. Jellied jalapenos taste great spread on crackers and paired with cream cheese for a sweet and zesty kick.

Jellied Jalapeno Peppers require the following ingredients:

  • 6 diced jalapeno peppers
  • 3 sliced green bell peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 6 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 6 fluid ounces liquid pectin
  • Large saucepan
  • Mason jar and lid
  • Water canner

To make some great jellied jalapeno, one must do the following:

  • Combine the peppers, vinegar, sugar, and cayenne pepper into the pan and bring to a boil while stirring frequently. 
  • Add the liquid pectin and continue boiling for five more minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and skim off the foam. 
  • Ladle the jelly into the jars and seal. 
  • Carefully set the jars into the boiling water of the canner and process for five minutes.

Having an abundance of peppers on hand not only means that you get to enjoy jalapeno poppers and jalapeño slices on tacos.


In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to preserve jalapenos?”, and discussed the different methods of preserving jalapenos and the potential implications of preserving jalapenos.

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