Pepper Preserves Advice and Ideas
As a child my Grandma Jones preserved peppers (hot peppers, red peppers, chipotle peppers, green peppers) through a concoction she called “Mississippi Mud.” Ha! We will get to what “Mississippi Mud” is in a bit, but let’s first talk about pepper preserves.
Pepper Preserves – 5 Tips for Preserving Peppers
Before we get started keep in mind that there are a lot of different pepper types you need to consider when preserving peppers. If your goal is to preserve hot peppers that’s great, but there will be special considerations. On the other hand – if you simply want to preserve everyday peppers – like popular green or red peppers – you’ll have additional options. (And scroll to the bottom or simply cclick here to purchase some preserves “Pepper Jam” by Grandma Jones.
(1) – Freeze Your Peppers
It’s not rocket science (or maybe it is) that freezing just about anything is a great way to preserve it. That’s right – freeze your peppers and you’ll thank me later. When preserving peppers using a freezer method, either vacuum seal them or put the peppers in high quality “zipper” bags designed for the freezer. I recommend that you label and date each bag as you add it to the freezer.
(2) – Pickle Your Peppers
Pickling is a great way to preserve peppers and is an alternative to freezing. According to WikiPedia pickling is the process of preserving or expanding the lifespan of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or immersion in vinegar. The resulting food is called a pickle, or, to prevent ambiguity, prefaced with pickled.
(3) – Dry Your Peppers
Drying is not your best option for long term pepper preserves, but is a great solution for certain kinds of peppers. Popular peppers for drying include cayenne and thai, while be forewarned that jalapenos and other green chilis are not to be dried.
(4) – Turn Your Peppers Into Preserves (aka – Pepper Jam!)
So you want to know what “Mississippi Mud” is? Well – as a kid my Grandma Jones introduced my family to her cherished family recipe for pepper jelly. She didn’t call it pepper jelly and quite honestly never even referenced it as such – she, instead called it Mississippi Mud which is what we called it until changing the name to Pepper Jam in 1999.
Pepper Jam is a pepper preserve jam. It’s a recipe that includes sugar, vinegar, fresh green peppers, red pepper flakes, and pectin. We offer 9 different flavors (see Pepper Jam flavors here). And because you can make a lot of different flavors you can preserve peppers, such as chipotle, habanero, jalapeño, and more.
As you know – “jamming” is a great way to also preserve fruit! That’s why Grandma Jones includes cranberries (great for Thanksgiving), mango, pomegranate, and more in her Pepper Jam’s.
If you’d like to purchase Granda Jones Pepper Jam click “Shop Jams” above or click here.