Canning Recipe Candied Jalapenos Aka Cowboy Candy

By Momagain1 · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
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    •3 pounds fresh, firm, jalapeno peppers, washed
    •2 cups cider vinegar
    •6 cups white granulated sugar
    •1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    •1/2 teaspoon celery seed
    •3 teaspoons granulated garlic
    •1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

    Cooking Instructions

    Yield: About 9 half-pint jars of Candied Jalapenos plus additional jalapeno syrup

    1.Wearing gloves, remove the stems from all of the jalapeno peppers. The easiest way to do this is to slice a small disc off of the stem-end along with the stem. Discard the stems.

    2.Slice the peppers into uniform 1/8-1/4 inch rounds. Set aside.

    3.In a large pot, bring cider vinegar, white sugar, turmeric, celery seed, granulated garlic and cayenne pepper to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pepper slices and simmer for exactly 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peppers, loading into clean, sterile canning jars to within 1/4 inch of the upper rim of the jar. Turn heat up under the pot with the syrup and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 6 minutes.

    4.Use a ladle to pour the boiling syrup into the jars over the jalapeno slices. Insert a cooking chopstick to the bottom of the jar two or three times to release any trapped pockets of air. Adjust the level of the syrup if necessary. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp paper towel and fix on new, two-piece lids to finger-tip tightness.

    5.*If you have leftover syrup, and it is likely that you will, you may can it in half-pint or pint jars, too. It’s wonderful brushed on meat on the grill or added to potato salad or, or, or… In short, don’t toss it out!

    6.Place jars in a canner, cover with water by 2-inches. Bring the water to a full rolling boil. When it reaches a full rolling boil, set the timer for 10 minutes for half-pints or 15 minutes for pints. When timer goes off, use canning tongs to transfer the jars to a cooling rack. Leave them to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours. When fully cooled, wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth then label.

    7.Allow to mellow for at least two weeks, but preferably a month before eating. Or don’t. I won’t tell!

    *Recipe Courtesy of Foodie with Family

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  1. Wylderness10
    I am going to have to try this jalapeño recipe. I already just make regular canned jalapeños, but this looks really good. My whole family loves spicy peppers in just about everything and this is now on my "to do" list. Thanks for the recipe!
  2. crodriguez
    Really yummy with cream cheese and crackers family tradition for my husband growing up he likes to spread it with the cream cheese I like to blend it. Gives it and extra pop of flavor. Fantastic appetizer thank you for the recipe now I can make my own instead of having to buy it.
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  3. OldHippieChick
    I LOVE this recipe.I made a batch like this but didn't have the celery seeds. It was fine. But with my next batch I had them and also added chunks of pineapple for color. I saw this called Hawaiian Cowboy Candy :). But now I'm on the hunt for a non sugar recipe for the rest of my peppers. Any suggestions?
  4. Momagain1
    we absolutely LOVE this recipe!! This year we actually canned jalapenos and added habaneros as well...
    1. Aji Dulce
      I’m a canner too, had heard of cowboy candy but haven’t tried it yet. Sounds delish! I made Serrano/Habanero pepper jelly. Might it be similar?
  5. 3goodeggs
    I made these a while back like Bambi did, I removed the seeds, but added extra turmeric. They were too good. i am making more today, but this time leaving in the seeds and again, adding more turmeric.

    This is a killer recipe. I think it would make a great potato salad instead of pickle.
  6. bambi
    sorry, it has taken me a long time to post comment but here is is and I can't tell you enough how much we have enjoyed this recipe. I did make two changes I did not use as much turmeric and this only because I don't care for this seasoning to much also I removed the seeds for fear of it being to hot and was happy that I did.I will be making more. Thank you!!!

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