Canning Cowboy Candy | Sweet Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

This canning cowboy candy recipe is extremely one easy to follow. Not to mention, a good candied jalapenos canning recipe makes for an excellent condiment for many foods such as, burgers and brats, and when added to eggs and salads.

Cowboy Candy | Canning Candied Jalapeno Peppers

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Cowboy candy.  It is important to realize there are a plethora of methods for preserving peppers. However, this is, by far, the best way to preserve jalapeno peppers. With this in mind, transforming jalapeno peppers into a deliciously sweet, yet, slightly spicy treat will quickly become a favorite.

Before we begin, a few tips.

Make sure to wear gloves when handling spicy peppers. Before long the natural oils found in the peppers will begin to burn your hands.

By all means, serve candied jalapeno peppers any way you wish. In truth, consumed cowboy candy with anything and everything. With this in mind, try pairing this canning recipe with the following items:

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Canning Cowboy Candy

This cowboy candy canning recipe is a favorite for not only us, but our friends and family as well. The process for making it is time consuming, but it is an easy canning recipe to follow.

Ingredients

The ingredients are basic. Many of the items list can be used with other pickling recipes. Also, raw apple cider is not necessary for this canning recipe.

  • 3 pounds fresh Jalapeno Peppers
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 6 cups organic granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery seed
  • 3 teaspoons granulated Garlic

Equipment

  • mandolin
  • heavy bottom stock pot, stainless steel or enamel Dutch oven
  • slotted spoon
  • jar fun
  • air bubble remover
  • steam canner or hot water bath canner

Instructions

This candied jalapeno canning recipe is pickled, making it a high acidic canned item. A hot water bath canner is the most commonly know canning tool to use. However, a steam canner will prevent wear-and-tear on your stove top.

  1. Wearing gloves, slice jalapeno peppers into 1/4-inch rounds. Set aside. For even cuts use a mandolin.
  2. In a large non-reactive stockpot bring to boil apple cider vinegar, sugar, turmeric powder, celery seed, and garlic.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add jalapeno peppers. Allow to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, scoop jalapeno peppers into half-pint jars.
  5. Bring the remaining brine to a hard boil for another 5 minutes.
  6. Leaving a 1/4-inch headspace add hot brine to jars.
  7. Remove all air bubbles and wipe jar rims. Add warmed lids and rings.
  8. Process jars in a hot water bath or steam canner for 15 minutes. Adjust the processing time for altitudes above 1,001 feet in elevation.

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Cowboy Candy | Canning Candied Jalapeno Peppers

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Canning Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canning cowboy candy
Servings: 7 pints
Cost: $7

Equipment

  • Mandolin
  • heavy bottom stock pot, stainless steel or enamel Dutch oven
  • slotted spoon
  • jar fun
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • Steam Canner or Hot Water Bath Canner

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds fresh Jalapeno Peppers
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar 5% acidity
  • 6 cups organic granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery seed
  • 3 teaspoons granulated Garlic

Instructions

  • Wearing gloves, slice jalapeno peppers into 1/4-inch rounds, set aside. For even cuts use a mandolin.
  • In a large non-reactive stockpot bring to boil apple cider vinegar, sugar, turmeric powder, celery seed, and garlic.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add jalapeno peppers and allow to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, scoop jalapeno peppers into half-pint jars.
  • Bring the remaining brine to a hard boil for another 5 minutes. Using a ladle, add hot brine to the jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace.
  • Remove air bubbles, wipe jar rim, add warmed lids and rings.
  • Process in a hot water bath or steam canner for 15 minutes. Adjust the processing time for altitudes above 1,001 feet in elevation.

Other Preserving Methods for Jalapeno Peppers

Aside from canning cowboy candy, try these other methods for preserving jalapeno peppers.

  • Dehydrate and make into a powder
  • Freeze sliced or whole
  • Fermented to consume as is or as a relish
  • Freeze Dry for long term storage while maintaining 97% of its nutrients
Cowboy Candy | Canning Candied Jalapeno Peppers

Second to canning cowboy candy would be this roasted red jalapeno hot sauce. This is a great hot sauce to enjoy during pepper season. Also, raspberry jalapeno jam is an item to preserve every year!

Preserving jalapeno pepper is easy to do. Why not preserve it by putting up Cowboy Candy? This candied jalapeno is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy.
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Comments

  1. Patti Lavis says

    I Love canning Cowboy Candy….i have one question…I have peppers growing at different rates. Can i freeze peppers WHOLE in the freezer for a short time before making this recipe…? Thanks for any information that you can give me

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      Peppers, when frozen, lose their texture. However, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done, you won’t receive the same quality if the jalapenos were fresh.

    • Lisa says

      After picking them don’t wash them. Leave them out to make sure they have no dewy moisture on them for a little bit. Store them in a paper sack. They will keep for a lot longer than in plastic bags or just in an ice cream pail.

  2. Susie says

    I have so many jalapenos’ and I’ve already made 3 jars of “Cowboy Candy” that are in the fridge. I don’t love to can so I was wondering if I could make the candy and just freeze?

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      Honestly, I am not sure how the texture would hold, peppers naturally become quite soggy when they are frozen. I would give it a try with one of the jars you’ve already made and see what you think about the texture. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with freezing them.

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