If you buy vegetables in bulk or you want to use them when they're out of their season, knowing how to preserve banana peppers will allow you to make the most of your food budget. Banana peppers go great with things like salads and submarine sandwiches and can be served with black eyed peas or some kinds of fried seafood, such as calamari. It's easy to preserve banana peppers, and there's more than one way to do it.
You will need the following items to preserve banana peppers:
Oven mittens or pot holders
Freezer-safe storage bag
Freeze your banana peppers. Thoroughly clean the banana peppers and let them dry. Cut off the stems and the pointed ends of the peppers, slice them length-wise, then remove the seeds. Place them in a marked freezer-safe storage bag and store in the freezer.
Canning in a jar. Completely sanitize one or more canning jars. Prepare the banana peppers as described above, and then pack as many as you can into the jar without crushing them. Boil a half quart of white vinegar per jar and then immediately fill the jar with the vinegar, and mix in a teaspoon of canning salt. Using oven mittens or pot holders to hold the jar, seal it tightly with the canning ring before the vinegar cools.
Once you unseal a container of preserved banana peppers, be sure to keep them refrigerated.
Only take out the number of frozen banana peppers that you'll be immediately using.
Putting food in storage bags that aren't freezer safe will increase the risk of freezer burn.