Make your own home canned roasted red peppers in a wine-flavored brine using boiling water bath to safely keep roasted peppers on your pantry shelf. Use for salads, pizza toppings, appetizers, and more.
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A few years ago I started looking for a recipe to safely can roasted sweet peppers that would allow me to preserve our garden sweet bell peppers.
I was looking for a recipe that would keep it easy - which means water-bath canning - and the recipes that are safe to can this way are usually just pickled, which I found a bit strong, vinegar-wise.
I eventually found a recipe in The Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving that I adapted for flavor and to be more in line with USDA tested recipes (see note below recipe for more details). This recipe added a bit of dry wine which seemed to offset the flavor of the vinegar that's needed for safety when canning low-acid ingredients like peppers.
Well, I think it's the wine- I'm not sure if that's the reason or not, but I do know these are SO good that they have become a must-make for me each year!
Brian? Not so much, since he thinks roasted peppers are "slimy." Whatever - the more for me. I use them on pizza, sandwiches, in salads, and on my favorite easy bread and cracker spread.
Before we get to the tutorial, I want to remind you of this how-to video for water-bath canning for any who aren't sure what it is or need a refresher. I promise, it's easy! (You can also read my canning tutorial here.)
Canned Roasted Red Peppers in Wine Recipe Tutorial
1. Start with 2 pounds ripe, sweet bell peppers, washed.
Cut the peppers in half (or quarters if they are very large) and seed them.
Even though the title says red you can also use yellow and orange peppers, too - or even the brown 'chocolate' peppers pictured above (they are so sweet and good!).
FYI - don't use green peppers, though - they aren't sweet because they aren't ripe and so have a bitter flavor! Did you know that ALL green peppers will eventually ripen to a color? They will - and when they do, they become truly sweet and not bitter like green peppers.
Step 2: Cut and broil peppers. Lay them on a broiler pan, skin side up in a single layer. Push them down to allow the broiler to reach all the skin. Broil 5-10 minutes, checking often to see even blackening/bubbling and moving some of the peppers as needed to be under the broiler. You only need to broil the skin side.
Step 3: Steam the peppers. Immediately transfer the peppers to a bowl with a cover (I use a silicone cover like the one shown). Close the container and let them sit for at least 15 minutes for the skins to soften and be easier to peel.
Step 4. In the meantime, prep the other ingredients and equipment. Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic. Set aside. Prepare your canner, jars, and lids.
Step 5. Remove the peppers from the baggie and peel off the skins. Slice the peppers into strips for easier packing into the jars. Fill a bowl with the peeled, sliced peppers. Here you see my favorite Rada paring knife which makes quick work of this.
Step 6. Add the remaining ingredients for the brine in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes.
Pro Tip: You can split this recipe over two days if you are short on time. If you need to roast one day and can the next, put the peeled & sliced peppers in a covered storage container in the fridge. The next day let the peppers warm to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.
Step 7. Pack the peppers into jars. Add them to one clean, warm jar at a time, filling to 1-inch to 3/4-inches from the top. Do not pack tightly (see note below recipe). Metal tongs make easy work of adding the strips to the jars.
Step 8. Pour the boiling brine solution into the jar leaving 1/2" headspace. Make sure to include some of the onion, garlic, and basil.
Pro Tip: I only use all-metal utensils and pans when canning because of the high-heat involved. See my all my canning equipment recommendations here.
Step 9. Remove air bubbles with a non-metallic spatula. Run the spatula (or a wooden chopstick) all around the edge, without pressing down on the peppers, and check headspace again. Add more solution if necessary to keep the 1/2-inch headspace - or take some out, whatever is needed after settling the peppers in the solution. (The spatula pictured is my favorite though it's hard to find - this narrow silicone spatula would work similarly.)
Step 10. Wipe the rim with a clean cloth and attach lids. Dampen a clean rag or paper towel in a bit of warm water to remove any solution or debris from the rim. Attach lid and ring, tightening the ring just until fingertip tight (not too tight) and transfer to the canner rack.
11. Repeat with the remaining jars, filling one jar at a time and can. Lower the canning rack into the warming water, turn heat to high, and when the water comes to a roiling boil start timing 15 minutes.
You will need to adjust the heat to keep the water at a good boil, but not too hard. I always continue to check throughout the timing to make sure it is still boiling well. (A stainless steel canner with a glass lid makes this super easy - I was so glad when I discovered this canner!)
Once timer goes off, turn off heat, remove the lid and let the jars sit in the canner another 5 minutes.
Remove the jars to a towel-lined surface. Let cool on the towel for 12-24 hours, then remove the rings for storage, and check the lids for a good seal before labeling and storing (do this by trying to gently pull the lid off with your fingers to check for the seal- refrigerate any that don't seal).
How long will canned roasted red peppers last?
The USDA suggests using canned foods within 18 months and I always try to do that by menu planning to work through our pantry.
However, occasionally we will eat home canned foods after that, especially high-acid things like pickles, chutney, and jams. I like to balance being safe with not being wasteful.
One more reason to make sure you're planning your menus to use up what you've got, right?
A note on the safety of this recipe
This recipe was adapted from The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving to be more in line with a USDA-tested pickled pepper recipe on page 16 of this extension office booklet (this is a 1/4 recipe of the one printed in the booklet).
While they aren't roasted in the USDA recipe, I read that this is okay to do from one of the extension office's canning experts I contacted (link is no longer working): "If you roast them be sure not to pack them too tightly into the jars. Look at the estimate number of jars indicated for the recipe and make sure you are close. The peppers need to absorb the vinegar liquid in order to pickle and this won't happen if it is packed too dense."
"I've been using this recipe for at least 5 years, and it's wonderful! Now my father-in-law who makes wine is specifically making white wines just for me to pickle with using this recipe! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this - so many people have loved it!" -Kris
More Easy Home Canned Foods To Try
Canned Roasted Red Peppers In Wine Recipe & Tutorial
- 2 pounds sweet red yellow, or orange bell peppers (8-10 peppers)
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1½ cup cider vinegar (or white vinegar0
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup finely diced onion
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon canning salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or Italian herb blend
- Wash, seed, and cut peppers in half (large peppers may need to be quartered to rest flat). Roast, skin side up, in a single layer under a broiler until the skins bubble and blacken, moving around as needed to evenly broil.
- Immediately add the blackened peppers to a large baggie or tightly lidded container, close, and let sit at least 15 minutes to let the skins soften.
- Meanwhile, prepare four half-pint jars (wash and keep warm), lids and canner. Dice the onion and garlic.
- Remove the peppers from the container to a cutting board, peel the skins off, and slice into strips. Add the strips to a bowl. *See Note for make ahead option.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes.
- Lightly pack the peppers into one jar at a time to within 3/4 inches of the top. (Do not pack the peppers too dense - the vinegar should be able to reach all the peppers.)
- Pour the boiling brine over the peppers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Run a non-metallic spatula around the jar to remove air bubbles, being careful not to pack the peppers down. Re-check for 1/2-inch headspace, adding more brine as necessary.
- Wipe rim clean and attach lid and ring. Place in canner rack. Repeat with remaining jars, lower rack into canner and bring to a roiling boil over high heat. Boil at a gently roiling boil (adjust heat if needed) for 15 minutes. Remove lid, turn off heat, and let jars sit in the canner for 5 minutes before transferring the jars to a towel-lined surface to cool.
- Cool 24 hours, check lids for seal, and store in a cool spot. Use within a year to 18 months.
- Makes 4 half pints.
Note: This recipe has been updated - it was originally published in 2010.
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