Appalachia Preserving/Canning

Peter Piper and Pickled Peppers

Easiest pickled pepper recipe

Did you ever try to say this tongue twister?

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

I could never ever say it all the way through and I still can’t! All those Ps twist my tongue before I even get to the second line!

My garden’s over abundance of peppers had me thinking of Peter Piper and his pickled peppers. I’ve pickled with peppers before, but never with the pepper being the star player in the jar.

I googled around and found this recipe. The simplicity of it and the good reviews made me want to give it a try so I did! I doubled the recipe and ended up with a slightly different amount than the recipe-so I’m sharing my doubled amounts.

Old timey pickled pepper recipe


Sweet Pickled Banana Peppers

  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 5 cups of banana pepper seeded and sliced into rings
  • 3 pint jars with rings and lids

Bring sugar, vinegar, mustard seed, and celery seed to boil in a large pot. While the ingredients are heating up sterilize your jars, rings, and lids.

Pack peppers into jars and ladle boiling mixture into jars-filling to 1/2 inch of the top of the jar. Place lids and rings on jars and tighten. Let pickles set at least 2 weeks before opening.

This old recipe uses a method of preserving that all modern canning books/experts will tell you is dangerous. If you don’t feel comfortable using this method water bath the jars for 10 minutes in a water bath canner.


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    August 25, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I make sweet pickles much like this. Difference is that I soak the pickle slices in container of lime water for two days then cook and bottle. I think that would work and makes the pickles crisp.

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    September 29, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Ed Ammons certainly has a way with words!;-)

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    September 28, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    It seems when peppers do good they really do well. After two summers of bountiful peppers, I am scrambling for enough to go in one recipe. In years past, I froze several bags and used all winter. I seem to have B Ruth’s luck with the pickling–last batch almost turned my mouth inside out. I have to get store bought. They are wonderful on sub sandwiches, pizzas, and really tasty on fried bologna sandwich…making myself hungry!

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    September 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I have used tongue twisters for many years to help kids with speech. Our daughter needed lots of help. Since there was no internet then we had to make up many of our own. She shocked her 1st grade teacher with, “Adam found apples to be awfully awesome aphrodisiacs.”
    I had a student who was always late for class. On Oct 31 I wrote, “I wish wicked witches would cease wishing their wicked wishes.” When he came in late I asked him to stand and read the line. After three failed attempts I told him to be seated and if he were late again it would be worse. He came on time the rest of the semester. He was a 35 yr old college student.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 28, 2015 at 11:22 am

    If the peck of peppers that Peter Piper picked were already pickled as proclaimed in the poem and packed in pints as yours are purported to be, Peter purloined 16 pints of prepared produce. Have the police probed in Peter Piper’s pantry?

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    September 28, 2015 at 10:50 am

    One of my brothers loved pickles.
    He’d bring home a jar from the gro. store, open it and fill it with fresh white vinegar.
    Mama could say the Peter Piper
    rhyme real fast. I done like Gina
    S. said and done myself proud.
    Hope your pickles turn out nice.
    I use the old timey method for
    canning and have never had a

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    Gina S
    September 28, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Pickled peppers make my taste buds happy. Pickled peppers with some hot peppers thrown in make those buds ecstatic. I always heard the Peter Piper twister with the last line as How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick. Try saying the twister very slowly. Works better that way for me.

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    September 28, 2015 at 9:25 am

    My hubby aka “Poppy” plays music at the local farmer’s market and was gifted a bag of peppers…now I know how I will use them. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ron Stephens
    September 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I suspect your ‘over supply’ was historically one reason for preserving food. On a hardscrabble farm production could not be allowed to go to waste. It came too hard to be lightly thrown away.
    I wonder if anyone has ever written the story of home preserving tracing changes over time. The story I’ve heard is that industrial canning arose out of efforts to feed the armies during the Civil War. But I’ve never heard how, or if, that change related with home preserving. Perhaps a history of Ball-Mason might shed some light. I recall Ben Johnson saying in one of the John Wayne movies, “Throw me one of them airtights.”
    I have a gracious plenty of jalapenos this year. Only have two plants but they are a bit over 5 feet tall and are loving the warm days and cool nights.

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    b. Ruth
    September 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

    It has been years since I pickled peppers. Now-a-days I generally cut them up in pieces, strips or quarters and freeze them in large bags. Rap against the counter to loosen just enough for the dish I am cooking.
    I decided early on that pickled peppers were not my forte. The QUEEN of pickled peppers was my Mother-in-law! My husband raved over her Hot Pickled Banana Peppers. So being the good little wife, I borrowed her recipe the next summer, ran up a batch, waited until November or as long as the better half could stand it. Opened the beautifully packed, yellow green jar of hot picked peppers that looked as if it could win a prize at the county fair…I wuz PROUD! Ewwwwwww! They were nasty. I don’t know what I did wrong. Never tried to pickle another hot banana pepper. My husband just begged off a jar or two from his mother in the late summer, that is until she quit canning peppers. Her daughters couldn’t get them right either, to carry on the tradition, so we live without hot pickled peppers..ha
    She used dill, garlic, mustard and a extra small cayenne pepper to boost the hot taste.
    I never liked them (hot pickled peppers) that much anyhow! So I gave up! I may have used the wrong pepper, wrong amount of ingredients, but I never made them again.
    Your recipe sounds good. Celery seed, and sugar! I suppose you use a mild pepper as well. I wonder if one could put a piece of hot pepper to give them a bit of a kick!
    I guess you could say…I wasted at least a “peck” of peppers, and certainly was in a “PICKLE” (of hot peppers) that is!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    September 28, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Looks like something that would taste good on a sandwich – a grinder, a sub-sandwich, etc. I used to be able to say that tongue twister when I was a little girl, as the dentist taught me to say it with my top lip pulled over my top teeth to pull them in so they wouldn’t be buck. At that time money was scarce for braces. It worked as I never needed braces.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    September 28, 2015 at 7:38 am

    “Peter Piper’s Peck of Pickled Peppers” tongue-twister has been around a long, long time. We used to say it at Choestoe School, vying with each other that we could say it better than a classmate. We all would end up in gales of laughter at our bumbles and stumbles. But a little cruelty entered in, too, and now I admit, a lack of respect for a fellow classmate’s inability to speak distinctly. We would try to get a person with a speech impediment to say the toungue-twister, and laugh at his pronunciations. Toungue-twisters were not a part of class, but a “recess game,” especially on bad days when recess was spent inside with weather too clement to go outside.
    And about your pepper pickles–they look wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Miss Cindy
    September 28, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Tipper, I can’t imagine this being anything but good. I like their spice selections but I don’t recall ever using white vinegar to make pickles, only apple cider vinegar so I’ll be interested in the outcome of these pickled peppers.

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