I am honored and delighted to have Frugal Table featured on Catholic Rural Life as one of their top 5 blogs for beginning farmers. Being a transplant from suburbia it has been one fun-filled hair pulling journey that I have thoroughly enjoyed and hope you enjoy reading about.
If you are a gardener like me, then you are always looking for new ways to use the bounty. Pickled bell peppers is a great way to use up some of your garden peppers or if you do not garden stock up on peppers when the prices drop during the summer. They can be sliced and frozen and then used as needed. Peppers are one of my most used vegetables during the year.
No. 1 son recently located from Chicago to Charlotte and stayed with us in between for a few months. I keep many bags of sliced red, yellow and green peppers in the freezer and noticed some canning jars of yellow peppers popped up in the refrigerator. When I asked about them my husband and younger son thought I had made them and proceeded to tell me how good they were and that they were eating them like crazy. Turns out No. 1 came across this recipe from Simply Scratch and adapted it using yellow bell peppers.
No. 1 son relocated, the peppers ran out and my husband has been asking if I could make more. They’ve been on my to-make list and with chicken fajitas planned for one of our weekend dinners I made a batch of the peppers to go with them. They were an excellent addition and give a bit of a bite to the mix. In addition, they would be great chopped up in potato or macaroni salad or on pizza. As mentioned before, the guys in the house love them on subs, burgers and just about any sandwich that includes meat.
- 4 large bell peppers, any color (I used red and yellow)
- 3 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp. Kosher salt
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 garlic clove, smashed per jar my garlic was very strong so I only used a ⅓ of a clove in each jar
- Canning jars I used 3 half pint wide mouth jelly jars because it’s what I had on hand. How many jars needed will depend on the size of the peppers
- In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the vinegar, water, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil to make sure the salt and sugar dissolve. Set aside to cool.
- Rinse, dry and slice the peppers to your thickness preference, avoiding the seeds.
- Put a bit of smashed garlic in the bottom of each clean jar, then put the sliced peppers in. Really pack them in there leaving a room at the top so they can be covered completely by the vinegar mix.
- When the vinegar mixture is cool, pour over the jarred peppers. Top with canning lid and ring and into the frig they go! They need a day or so before you start eating them. It’s hard to say how long they will last as the first batch was gone within a couple of weeks.
- The recipe can be halved if you want to start with a smaller amount to try them out.
Husband and I left Kentucky on a Friday morning and rolled into the Nashville, TN flea market around noon. The flea market is held one weekend a month and is free to the public but there is a $5.00 parking fee.
It was hot as blazes with the temp at 99°. We found a nice shady spot to park under a tree. Being that the flea market is located at the Nashville Speedway and Fairgrounds there are quite a few buildings that you can step into and cool off. This flea market is said to be in the top 10 in the nation size wise. It was certainly large. We stayed for a few hours on Friday afternoon going through the vendor booths that were located inside.
Saturday morning we got there right after they opened as we anticipated the crowd to be much larger on the weekend. I purchased 4 cute and surprisingly sturdy folding chairs for camping that I need to paint and reupholster. We didn’t really have anything in particular in mind to purchase so we just browsed and talked to a lot of people. Everyone was very friendly and mostly willing to dicker on the prices. For the flea market schedule go here: Nashville Flea Market dates. We plan on going back in the fall!