I have a pressure cooker but use it only for green beans, asparagus, corn and things that are not pickled. I have made "v 8 juice" and only used the boiling water bath. The Ball or Kerr canning books are amazing and have a lot of wonderful recipes. Last year we dried several types of peppers, after they dried we broke them up some and put them in a pepper grinder. It is a fun way of using them. Also, my niece just put them in a coffee grinder and then in a salt shaker.
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I figured it might be ok for the tomatoes and pickles, but what about pickling the peppers? I know they have a lower acidic level but am I correct in thinking that the vinegar raises that and makes it ok to not use the pressure canner?
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Good morning everyone! My name is Missy and I'm from PA. I have a garden for the first time in my life and have no idea what I'm doing lol. I pretty much expected to fail so terribly that nothing would grow but much to my surprise my small garden is growing out of control. I planted cucumbers, tomatoes, MexiBell peppers, banana peppers, green bell peppers, cherry peppers, spinach and mesclun lettuce. Only 1 plant of each except for the spinach and lettuce, I planted too much of those (lots of lessons learned for next year lol).
Now, I need to figure out what to do once they are ready to harvest. I would like to pickle the cukes, banana and cherry peppers. Also plan to make my own salsa. Can I do all of that with just the hot water bath canner or do I HAVE to buy a pressure cooker? The research I've done so far has me scared to death of botulism. Most of what I grow will be stored in the frig and will probably be gone without a few months.
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