Posted in : Appetizers, Veggies, Waste Not Want Not on by : Nicole

I love jalapenos and hot peppers in my foods.

I tend to over buy! I get excited! 19 cents a pound – yes please!

I use as many as i can in my recipes and then…  bugger. I open the vegetable crisper and they are starting to get wrinkly…  ugh!

I’ve got a couple options on how to save them and give them more life!

The basic option:

Freeze them!

Note – they do tend to get a little limp and lose some heat, so keep that in mind.

I usually store the peppers, 1 per snack bag.

I do different types in each bag – some i slice, some i dice.


The best uses are:

  • Something in the crockpot, so more of the flavor can be leached out
  • Beer bread – sauteeing with onions, and adding to the batter works well, and the slices can go on the top

Instant gratification option:

Pickled Jalapenos!

I found this recipes as a side for nachos and they are a great way to elongate the life of your jalapenos.

Pickled Jalapeños

From Lazy Bear Foods | Appetizers | American

A quick option for pickling jalapenos! Takes a smidge of the heat off, and are good for nachoes, sandwiches, or just snacking!


Low cal Calories 30kcal

fat Free Total Fat 0g

sat-fat Free Saturated Fat 0g

chol Free Cholesterol 0mg

sodium Free Sodium 2mg

carbs Total Carbohydrate 7g

Serving size 43g Calories from fat 0kcal Fiber 0g Protein 0g Sugar 7g
4 servings


  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed and thinly sliced


  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in jalapeño peppers. Let stand 25 minutes.

Other option:


Depending how many you have, this can be a nice recipe and a great way to add kick to other things!

I’ve found that my salsa can last for quite a while!

To be tried:

I found this recipe for candied jalapenos and i’ll be trying it soon


This can also be done with other peppers – serranos, poblanos, green peppers, etc!

Just remember, these items are partially made out of water, so they do not reconstitute firm, but can be used – in – things!


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