I've been making my own pickled jalapenos for a while now. What got me interested in doing so in the first place was a jar of hot pickled "dilly beans" my Wisconsin bff Diana sent me that her husband Jeff made. The bean were delish, but it was the vinegar they were canned in that was even more amazing! I needed more hot vinegar so I had to start making my own!
I started with this basic recipe I found online; http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-pickled-jalapeno-rings/, it also comes with a video. The only difference I make is that I use fresh dill instead of oregano.
In my opinion the vinegar is the most valuable IF you like hot foods! Hot pepper vinegar in salad dressings is amazing, but one of my absolute favorite things to do with the vinegar is to submerge boiled eggs in it and brine them in the spicy liquid! I got that idea from a facebook friend of mine, I believe it came from Jon Gibson. I make my eggs in the PC (pressure cooker) and peel them when they are still warm, then quickly get them into the pickle vinegar, usually six at a time. When I pack them for lunch I cut them into quarters and arrange a big crunchy jalapeno ring on top with a pinch of kosher salt! If I only need a snack I'll pack two, if it's a meal I'll pack three.
I use the spicy vinegar in all kinds of salads and deviled eggs, even soups! Jalapeno rings are rather large and I often end up dicing them to add to egg or tuna salad, so this time I decided to make a kind of relish and do all of the dicing first. I added red bell and carrot because, why not?
As many times as I've diced jalapenos I still don't wear gloves and this batch of peppers were especially HOT! My fingers are burning as I type this post! I've got to be careful and not touch my face....or maybe start wearing gloves? lol
I can't wait to try this batch out! Do you pickle?