Crisp pickled peppers?

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I have a bunch of peppers I want to can - does anyone know how to keep the peppers from getting mushy when water bathing them?
 

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I've come to find that when pickling peppers, they always tend to get softer than what I'd like. I would say that when I pickle mine and want them crispier, I cut the peppers thicker. Here is my recipe for pickled peppers if you'd like to try it! Add 1/2 teaspoon of alum instead of 1/4 and see if that helps with crispness.

Brine:
2 quarts purified water
1 quart apple cider vinegar
1 cup salt

Heat above until boiling.

Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic (I know, it's a lot!), 1/4 teaspoons alum, and 1 tablespoon of dill seed in a hot jar, fill with sliced peppers, and pour hot brine over the top leaving some head space. Cover with hot lids and rings.
 

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I do it with 'pickle crisp' that ball sells. It helps the pickled things you do from going limp when canning. Its like 1/8 tsp per pint before you pack them with the peppers or pickling solution. Helped when I pickled the banana peppers last year. :) They kept firm enough to win us a 2nd place for our peppers. I'm down to the last 2 jars for my sandwiches, but they are delicious!
 

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I don't water bath pickles with a strong vinegar content. I just pack the jars and pour the boiling solution over them, cinching the lids down immediately. Almost every jar will seal and the occasional one that doesn't is just refrigerated and used first.
I use water and vinegar half and half. That strong vinegar content just about eliminates any harmful organisms. In years gone by pickles were held in crocks in the cellar and not normally canned.
 

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hoodat said:
In years gone by pickles were held in crocks in the cellar and not normally canned.
Fermenting is starting to be very popular again these days. I know of dozens of people who ferment their pickles in crocks in their pantries (not a lot of cellars amongst my friends.)
 

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I make my sauerkraut in a jar and then 6-8 weeks later after fermenting to my desired level, I can them. But I have heard you can put a grape leaf in jars of pickles and it keeps them crisp, wonder if that works with peppers?
 

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I would think it should. It's the tannic acid in them that does the trick.
 

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I do it with 'pickle crisp' that ball sells.
Did the same thing this year. Glad to hear it worked so well. I've done the grape leaf thing and it didn't help. I used wild grape leaves so maybe that was why it didn't work.
 
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