Saturday, August 7, 2010

Let's Do Jalapenos!

I have jalapenos out the wazoo so Mr. Hawthorne and I need to can a bunch.
I picked a colander full and still didn't get all of them. Plus, this will encourage more blossoms.
I stuck a soda can in there so you can get an idea of the size here.
Mr. Hawthorne started slicing the jalapenos ...
... and filling the jars.
We'd run the jars through the dish washer on high heat first to sterilize.
Mr. Hawthorne then added about a teaspoon of Kosher salt to each jar.
Then he filled the jars 1/3 way up with vinegar.
The lids were sterilized with boiling water.
Then he added boiling water to fill up each jar ...
... and put the lids on.
Notice he stopped at five jars.
The next day, I started on the rest of the jalapenos.
I had actually found an old dry-rotting latex glove which I used to hold the jalapenos while I sliced with the other hand. One can never be too careful when dealing with capsaicins.
A teaspoon of salt in each jar.
1/3 way up with vinegar.
I love the colors here.
Fill with boiling water.
One of the nicest sounds in the world is the pop of sealing jars.


tortietat said...

The colors are beautiful....kinda look like Christmas. Gotta agree with you on the music of lid popping.

Rosie Hawthorne said...


I thought of you and your dear aunts when I wrote that post. Knew you could relate.

Poppin' lids. Music to my ears.

tortietat said...

I remember when I was a little girl and Mama finished canning for the day, we would sit down to rest and count the lid pops.

We're still canning peppers every week and a few jars of tomatoes along, but most everything else in the gardens around here has withered and died.

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...

What is all this crap below about marrage from Anony ?

Rosie Hawthorne said...

I wish I knew. I had over 60 comments spread throughout my blog by Anonymouse - all the same. All happened within a 45 minute period the other night.
And I have word verification too.