Ingredients for about 2 litres of fresh peppers:
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup white (wine/malt/spirit) vinegar
- ready-mixed pickling spice (usually contains allspice, chilli, cinnamon stick. cloves, black peppercorns, coriander, mustard seeds, ginger, bay leaves, cardamom)
If you do not live in Africa you may want to consider some health and safety aspects, like using surgical gloves while handling the peppers. If you don’t you may experience some side effects after the cleaning operation – a burning sensation at the fingertips near the nails. Also keep your hands away from your eyes and other sensitive body parts (even after they were washed).
Cut off the stems and remove the seeds with a small spoon (this may take a while).
Sterilize jars and lids.
Pour boiling water over the peppers and let it stand for 10 minutes.
Mix all the ingredients and bring to the boil.
Add peppers to the boiling mixture and boil for 15 minutes.
Bottle while hot. Stir/poke with a spoon or skewer to ensure all trapped air escapes.
Wait about 2-3 weeks before enjoying.
To find out more about the origin of this unique pepper read the peppadew story.
If the pickling/preserving bug bites consider investing in a good book for ideas and in order to learn more about this way of preserving food.