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Peppers – Hungarian Hot

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Hungarian Hot Peppers

Traditional Canned Peppers, Hot or Sweet, in oil.
Difficulty: Medium
Cuisine Eastern European
Keyword Appetizers
Method Stove Top
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Brine Time 12 hours
Servings 8 Quarts


  • 8 Quart Jars with Rings & Lids
  • Canning Funnel
  • Large Stainless Steel Pot
  • Water Bath for Canning


BRINE (Over Night)

  • 1 gal water
  • 2 cups salt


  • 1 bushel Freshly Picked Peppers - Hot: Hot or Medium Hungarian, Hot Banana Peppers, Jalapeno,

    Sweet: Sweet Banana Peppers, etc.

  • 16 cloves Garlic - 2 per quart
  • 8 tsp Italian Seasoning Mix - 1 tsp. per quart
  • 24 Tbsp EVOO - 3 Tbsp. per quart
  • 8 pinches Alum (Optional) - 1 per quart


  • 1 gal water
  • 1 cup pickling salt
  • 1 cup cider vinegar



  • Prepare peppers: Wash peppers, drain. Then, wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands, cut into rings about 1/2" thick. Discard stem ends. Place cut pepper rings into a large stainless steel bowl or pan, or glass bowl.
  • Make Brine: Combine water and salt, stir together until salt is dissolved. Pour brine over peppers. Cover and allow to soak overnight. (10-12 hrs)
  • Optionally, you may add small green tomatoes, small pickles, small pieces of cauliflower, or carrot slices to make a hot pepper vegetable mix. Just soak vegetables in brine overnight with peppers

Next Day

  • Prepare quart jars. Clean, & sterilize jars, lids & rings. Place garlic, Italian seasoning, EVOO, & alum (optional) in each jar.
  • Make Canning Solution: In a large stock pot, make canning solution with water, pickling salt, and cider vinegar. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • Can Peppers: Drain peppers. Rinse lightly with cold water. Using a Canning Funnel, pack peppers into jars, leaving 1/2" headspace. Keep jar rims CLEAN,
  • Again, using Canning Funnel, fill jars with canning solution. (Be sure to release all air bubbles.) If you dripped on rim, clean it with sterile cloth. Tightly place lids and rings on jars.
  • Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. (Do not process in a pressure cooker. Peppers will get mushy & not stay crisp.)
  • Store in a cool place for 4 weeks minimum to allow seasonings to work. They get better and hotter as they age.


IMPORTANT:  When canning for long-term storage it is critical that you thoroughly wipe the rims of the jars before sealing to be sure no residue is on them, otherwise they will NOT seal properly.  
Suggested by Mary Ann Augustyn – October 14, 2020

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