Hot Pepper Canning ?

by Mike
(Toms River, NJ USA)

I hot bathed 10 jars of assorted hot peppers and did NOT remove stems or seeds . Should I open all the jars and redo the process removing all stems and seeds ? I hope not.

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Mike you don't need to reprocess because of the seeds or stems. You will simply have much hotter peppers.

However, I must warn that peppers are considered a low acid food and must be pressure canned.

Here are my instructions on canning peppers

The exception to this is if you did pickled peppers

If you did indeed water bath the peppers without any acidification (like vinegar in pickled peppers) I would not consider them safe.

If you processed them less than 24 hours ago, you could recan them and reprocess in a pressure canner. However... I'm betting they would be pretty mushy.

You might try freezing the peppers . Drain them and freeze in ziplock bags. They may still be a little mushy but the flavor will still be there. It is better than tossing them out.

This is only if you've processed them less than 24 hours ago.

I hope that helps... and I hope you were pickling them!

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