Are my peppers ok?

springschelNovember 16, 2010

I am embarassed to admit that I negelected my peppers :(

I have 3 pounds of sliced jalapenos that I was soaking in water (not brine) to prepare to pickle them. I was not attempting to ferment them.

However, life got in the way and I neglected them. When I got back to them (after several days), I noticed that there is a white (almost waxy) looking scum on the surface of the water. They smell like peppers, but there doesn't appear to be any bubbles in the water. Are they unsafe and need to be trashed?

If they are safe, what should I do with them now? Can I just pickle them as I had intended...or should I attempt to ferment them. My original intent was for longer storage.

Thank you very much.

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I would immediately grind them up in a blender. add a little vinegar if necessary. Now measure your amount and double it up with vinegar. one part blender pepper plus one part vinegar. It is ok to add more vinegar. Put into a stainless steel pot and bring to a short boil. keep boil for 5 or 10 minutes. Then bottle up. no salt needed.

What you did was to encourage bad things to grow. The vinegar will sterilize it all. but boil for awhile in the hot vinegar.

I would not ferment because you have the bad guys going wild right now. Best to just sterilize it fast. If you want to ferment always use good clean fresh food. It can take weeks to produce enough acid to kill off the bad guys. with vinegar you will get instant sterilization.

Do NOT add any water to dilute the vinegar. If you have enough you can do BWB in the jars. But you can keep them in the refrigerator without the BWB. If you are in doubt simply add more vinegar. Vinegar sterilizes. Salt does not sterilize.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 5:32PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

Personally I wouldn't feel comfortable using these peppers. I would discard.

Entirely aside from any potential safety issues, I have a feeling they won't taste very good. Basically they're rotting.


    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 6:43PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

I agree with Carol. After 'several days' of soaking these are beyond salvaging - in terms of both safety and quality.


    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 9:11PM
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Linda_Lou(SW Wa.)

I agree, throw them away. Not worth getting sick over some rotten food.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 12:44AM
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oregonwoodsmoke(5 OR Sunset 1A)

When in doubt, throw it out.

It's not worth gambling with your health to save a few peppers.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 3:31PM
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Thank you everyone...I have thrown them out, as you advised. Thanks again!


    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 5:34PM
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