Monday, May 12, 2014

Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos)

I've recently gotten into canning, and was in search of an easy recipe to get the hang of the process and using my Grandma Shirley's vintage cold pack canner.
This recipe appeared in one of my favorite bloggers (Jenna @ Eat Live Run) instagram feed, and it had only a few cheap ingredients so that a mess up wouldn't cost me too much. Let me just tell you - WOW - these are addictive, spicy, and a new house favorite! We had a little happy hour on our front porch tonight and nearly ruined our appetites we could just not stop munching. I'm already planning to make burgers on Friday night topped with Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, and these jalapenos. 
If you find a jar of these in your mailbox, you know I really like you! 

Candied Jalapenos
from Foodie with Fam
3 pounds fresh, firm jalapeno peppers (washed)
2 cups cider vinegar
6 cups white granulated sugar
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp celery seed
3 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper

Wearing gloves, remove the stems from all of the jalapeno peppers. The easiest way to do this is to slice a small disc off of the stem-end along with the stem. Discard the stems. 
Slice the peppers into uniform ⅛-1/4 inch rounds. Set aside.

In a large pot, bring cider vinegar, white sugar, turmeric, celery seed, granulated garlic and cayenne pepper to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pepper slices and simmer for exactly 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peppers, loading into clean, sterile canning jars to within ¼ inch of the upper rim of the jar. Turn heat up under the pot with the syrup and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 6 minutes.

Use a ladle to pour the boiling syrup into the jars over the jalapeno slices. Insert a cooking chopstick to the bottom of the jar two or three times to release any trapped pockets of air. Adjust the level of the syrup if necessary. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp paper towel and fix on new, two-piece lids to finger-tip tightness.

*If you have leftover syrup, and it is likely that you will, you may can it in half-pint or pint jars, too. It’s wonderful brushed on meat on the grill or added to potato salad or, or, or… In short, don’t toss it out!

Place jars in a canner, cover with water by 2-inches. Bring the water to a full rolling boil. When it reaches a full rolling boil, set the timer for 10 minutes for half-pints or 15 minutes for pints. When timer goes off, use canning tongs to transfer the jars to a cooling rack. Leave them to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours. When fully cooled, wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth then label.

Allow to mellow for at least two weeks, but preferably a month before eating. Or don’t. I won’t tell!

1 comment:

  1. I had recipe eons ago. Went thru stuff thru the yrs, and, lost it some 15 yrs ago.
    I did searches now and then thru the years...and guess what? I found YOU!
    Its good on, in, and around breakfast! Its good on pizza, Its good on subs! I use the juice as last prep
    on marinated pork butt, grilled chicken..
    ACTUALLY..I can't think of anything it would not enhance the flavor of! !
    Easy to make, NOT easy to keep!.. I gave my Dr.s nurse a jar & was told not to come back unless I brought her a seems Dr, mistakenly took hers home!!
    THANK YOU sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! !