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Easy Hot Pepper Vinegar

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If you’ve ever visited or lived in the South, then chances are you’ve seen (and hopefully tasted) hot pepper vinegar. It’s the condiment of choice for any type of cooked green, field peas, acre peas… the list goes on. The super fabulous thing about hot pepper vinegar is that it’s more than just a condiment!red peppers in clear jar

What is Hot Pepper Vinegar?

Hot Pepper Vinegar is just what it sounds like. Hot peppers are soaked in vinegar for weeks (or months.. years..) and create a tangy and spicy addition to any meal. The benefits making some hot pepper vinegar with fresh peppers are…

  1. Is so easy to make; any greenhorn cook can do it!
  2. It’s beautiful, so it’s a natural DIY gift.

Now, while peppers and vinegar may not sound all that exciting, wait until you taste it. And you will have to wait, because after preparing the vinegar, you’ll need to give it some sit time in your pantry for a few weeks for the flavors to develop. But trust me, much like wine and your wedding day, it’s worth the wait. affiliate link policy

Our garden’s pepper plants went the distance this year and survived from May to December, so with this last bowlful, I decided to restore our pepper vinegar stash.

Hot Pepper Vinegar Ingredients

Two handfuls of hot peppers (Or enough to fill your jar)

White vinegar

Whole garlic cloves (optional)

Empty, clear jar with lid (I like to use leftover maple syrup jars)

Small funnel

red cayenne peppers in clear glass bowl

How to Make Hot Pepper Vinegar

  1. Wash off peppers and gently slice the tops off–this will expose the seeds and membrane to the vinegar, and that’s where the heat is.
  2. While you’re slicing, place vinegar in a small pot on the stove over medium high heat. The amount of vinegar you need depends on how big of a jar you’re using.
  3. Pack your jar full of the peppers; when you don’t think you can cram another pepper in, add two more or add in a few peeled, whole garlic cloves. This will give your pepper vinegar an extra pop.

red peppers in jar with white vinegar

4. Once your vinegar has reached a slow boil, use the funnel and fill the jar almost to the top. (You do want all of the peppers to be covered by the vinegar.)

vinegar poured into white funnel

5. Let the jar cool, then screw on lid and place in a cool, dark place for several weeks (a pantry or cabinet is perfect). The vinegar should keep in your cabinet for months, or until you use it all and make more. Enjoy!

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And that’s it! You’ll have fresh hot pepper vinegar to use on any dish you choose, or you can gift it to friends and family as a way of sharing your pepper harvest! 

Yield: 1 jar

Hot Pepper Vinegar

clear jar packed with red peppers and vinegar

Make fresh hot pepper vinegar from spicy cayenne peppers and white vinegar! It's the perfect southern condiment!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 14 days
Total Time 14 days 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Two handfuls of hot peppers (Or enough to fill your jar)
  • White vinegar
  • Whole garlic cloves (optional)

Instructions

    1. Wash off peppers and gently slice the tops off--this will expose the seeds and membrane to the vinegar, and that's where the heat is.
    2. While you're slicing, place vinegar in a small pot on the stove over medium high heat. The amount of vinegar you need depends on how big of a jar you're using.
    3. Pack your jar full of the peppers; when you don't think you can cram another pepper in, add two more or add in a few peeled, whole garlic cloves. This will give your pepper vinegar an extra pop.
    4. Once your vinegar has reached a slow boil, use the funnel and fill the jar almost to the top. (You do want all of the peppers to be covered by the vinegar.)
    5. Let the jar cool, then screw on lid and place in a cool, dark place for several weeks (a pantry or cabinet is perfect). The vinegar should keep in your cabinet for months, or until you use it all and make more. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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