How To Bottle Roasted Red Peppers

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How To Bottle Roasted Red Peppers
Choose a fancy bottle for refrigerator storage or a canning jar for shelf storage. (bottled peppers image by from

Roasted red peppers have a unique flavour that reminds you of fresh summer fare. They can be used as appetizers and side dishes or to enhance sandwiches and salads. Bottling the peppers after roasting them is easy and will allow you to enjoy a little taste of summer throughout the entire year. A jar of home-bottled roasted red peppers can also make a great gift for friends, neighbours, teachers or hostesses.

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Things you need

  • Roasted red peppers
  • Canning bottles or jars
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Saucepan
  • 12-quart pot
  • water
  • Garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • Italian spices (optional)

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  1. 1

    Place your blistered, blackened, roasted peppers in a bowl and wait for them to cool sufficiently. You will use about 0.454kg. of peppers per pint.

    How To Bottle Roasted Red Peppers
    Putting just-roasted peppers in a covered, non-reactive bowl loosens the skins for easier removal. (Roasted red peppers image by Foto Factory from
  2. 2

    Hold each pepper over the sink, a plate or bowl and gently peel off the blackened skin.

    How To Bottle Roasted Red Peppers
    You may need to occasionally rinse the peppers off with water. (copper faucet image by terex from
  3. 3

    Cut the pepper in half.

  4. 4

    Remove and discard the seed pods, stems and every seed until the pepper is clean.

  1. 1

    In a saucepan, for each pound of peppers, combine 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, one quartered clove of garlic, and 1/4 to 1/3 tsp of salt.

    How To Bottle Roasted Red Peppers
    Add Italian spices like oregano, basil and thyme if you wish. (spices image by sha 11 from
  2. 2

    Place the saucepan on the stove burner.

  3. 3

    Turn on the burner underneath the saucepan.

  4. 4

    Fill a large pot halfway up with water.

  5. 5

    Turn a second burner on and place the pot of water on it.

  6. 6

    Wait for the vinegar mixture and the water to boil.

  7. 7

    Dip canning jars and lids in the pot of boiling water.

  8. 8

    Fill the jars with the peppers, allowing for even distribution.

  9. 9

    Pour the boiling vinegar mixture over the peppers. Cover the peppers completely. Leave at least 1/2 inch of space at the top of each jar.

    How To Bottle Roasted Red Peppers
    Include garlic from the vinegar mixture in each bottle. (garlic image by Eisenhans from
  10. 10

    Wipe the rim of each bottle with a clean, damp paper towel.

  11. 11

    Place each lid and ring on. Do not tighten rings too much. The jars can now be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks.

  1. 1

    Put a steaming rack at the bottom of a large pot, filled halfway with water.

    How To Bottle Roasted Red Peppers
    A 12-quart pot works well. (shiny surfaces image by askthegeek from
  2. 2

    Turn the burner on under the large pot.

  3. 3

    Bring the water to a boil.

  4. 4

    Place the filled jars -- from Section 2 -- on the rack inside the pot of boiling water. Make sure the water is at least an inch over the jars.

    How To Bottle Roasted Red Peppers
    Wear thick rubber gloves or use tongs to make this process easier and safer. (Yellow grip gloves isolated on white image by Eric S. from
  5. 5

    Boil the jars for 15 minutes and leave the bottles in the pot to cool for a few additional minutes.

    How To Bottle Roasted Red Peppers
    Turn the hob off after the 15 minutes of boiling is over. (detail of classical cooking stove image by Tomo Jesenicnik from
  6. 6

    Take the bottles out and let them cool completely. You will hear the jars make a popping noise as the lids seal.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not want to bother with the bottling or canning process, freeze the roasted peppers in zip- or vacuum-sealed bags.

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