Marinated Bell Peppers Recipe
Cleaning/Sterilizing Your Jars:
Preheat oven to 215˚F. Wash all of your jars and lids with soap and warm water. Place jars in the oven on the bottom rack for 20 minutes or until completely dry. Boil your lids.
Making the Syrup:
In a large pot or dutch oven, combine 6 1/2 cups tomato juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 Tbsp salt, and 1/2 cup vinegar. Bring syrup to a boil and simmer 10 min.
Making the Canned Bell Peppers:
In the mean time, slice your bell peppers into 1/2" wide strips and add them to your pot. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until easy to poke through the skin side (20 -25 min). As your peppers soften, they will be covered with the liquid, just be patient and give it a stir every once in awhile.
Transfer your piping hot bell peppers to your jars using a canning funnel (we bought this at Walmart and it makes the job so much cleaner and easier). We add mostly peppers and then fill in the spaces with syrup. Fill the jars to the top with 1/4-inch of space left at the top.
Screw the lids on enough to keep the seal in place but don't overtighten them since air bubbles need to be able to escape and place in the oven at 350˚F for 15 min.
Carefully remove from oven (don't tighten the lid more or you might disturb the seal that has formed), flip upside down and let cool to room temperature.
Recipe Tips: Wait at least 1 week before opening a can and eating it to give the flavors a chance to meld and marinate.
Current safety standards say that it’s best to put the jars in a boiling water bath with 1-2" water covering the lid (instead of the baking method) for ten minutes after tightening the lids to preserve shelf life and kill any potential bacteria. For more info on current canning guidelines, visit: http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html. I think I need a boiling water canner!