Salt? Canning Cherry Peppers?

ncage(z5 IL)July 29, 2012

This is my first attempt at canning cherry peppers. I have the ball blue book canning book. I've seen a variety of recipes for canning peppers. Some use Sugar and some don't. I thought all used salt but the first recipe for canning hot peppers in the pickling section doesn't use salt which confused me. I thought salt was required. What is the difference in the final product when you don't use salt and when you do? Does it affect how long they will last?

They have one other recipe for pickled peppers in the book but it includes sugar which i don't want.


On a side note i probably don't want a recipe with sugar in it for my cherry peppers but i might use one with sugar when i can my cajun bells.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

The salt is always optional unless you are fermenting things as it is the main safety factor in fermenting.

But for fresh-pack pickling recipes you can leave it out although it does add a bit of flavor and crispness in some cases. It doesn't affect how long they will last.

As to the sugar, it is primarily used to take the edge off the vinegar's sharp flavor. It doesn't turn them into "sweet" pickled peppers.

The primary safety issue in pickling peppers is the ratio of vinegar to water called for in the recipe. The other issue that concerns many is the crispness of the pickled peppers which is why using Pickle Crisp when making them is often recommended.

There are many discussions here about pickling peppers, some with recipes, and additional recipes are also available at NCHFP.


Here is a link that might be useful: Pickling vegetables including various peppers

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 3:46PM
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ncage(z5 IL)

Thanks Dave for explaining everything

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 7:40PM
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