Canning Recipe: Marinated Roasted Bell Peppers
adapted from Simply Recipes
This recipe makes your roasted peppers even more delicious and preserves them to eat all year round. If you don’t want to can, you can stop before the processing step and store your peppers in the fridge to eat within 3 weeks.
- 1 cup bottled lemon juice
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, quartered
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 pounds bell peppers, roasted (see instructions here)
- 3 pint-sized canning jars
Heat a large pot of water for canning (water should cover the pint jars by at least an inch). While it heats, prepare marinade: in a large saucepan, combine lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Bring to a boil.
Dip jars and lids in boiling water to sanitize. Distribute the roasted peppers evenly between the sanitized jars. Pour the hot marinade over, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Wipe rims clean, then place on lids and rings (do not tighten rings too tight).
Place jars in the boiling water for canning. Boil for 15 minutes. Allow to cool in pot for a few minutes, then remove to cool completely. Jars lids should pop down, showing the can is sealed. Sealed cans can be stored at room temperature for a year. If any jars fail to seal, place in the refrigerator and use within 3 weeks.
Makes 3 pints.
Salsa Verde – Italian Herb Sauce
This bold, bright Italian sauce is great on meat – try it with roast pork or chicken. It’s also great on farmers market vegetables – try it with grilled zucchini or eggplant. Salsa verde also goes well on pasta or toasted bread.
- 1 cup (tightly packed) parsley* OR a combination of 1/2 cup parsley and 1/2 cup mint*, roughly chopped
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon capers, roughly chopped (optional)
- Salt to taste
Combine chopped parsley (or parsley and mint) and oil in a blender or food processor and pulse to combine. Add lemon zest and juice and capers (if using) and pulse to combine. Try the salsa verde, then add salt to taste.
Makes about 3/4 cup.
*Parsley and mint can be grown in your own garden.
Basic Basil Pesto and Variations
Pesto is a great way to use fresh herbs, and it’s great on more than just pasta. Try your pesto on toasted bread with some fresh tomatoes for a delicious summer appetizer.
- 2 cups basil* leaves, packed
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
In a food processor, combine basil, nuts, and garlic. Pulse a few times to combine. Then, with the food processor running, add the oil in a steady stream. Open the machine and scrape down the sides, then pulse to combine again. Add the grated cheese and pulse again to combine. Taste the pesto, and add salt to taste.
Makes 1 cup.
- Walnut or Almond Pesto – Use roughly chopped walnuts or almonds in place of the pine nuts.
- Any-Herb Pesto– Use the herb of your choice (or a combination) in place of the basil. Parsley, mint,chives, marjoram, oregano, sage, and rosemary* all work well. Combining strong herbs with parsley makes for a more mild pesto.
- You can vary the herbs and the nuts at the same time to find the combination you like best.
*All of these herbs can be grown in your own garden.
PRESERVE YOUR HERBS
How do you keep the fresh herb flavor for a long time? Try these tips to keep the taste of summer all year long.
HERB OIL: Herbs in oil can stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 weeks because the oil covers the herbs and prevents them from spoiling. Use herb oil as a starting point to make a vinaigrette or pesto, or just add on meat, vegetables, or pasta for a burst of herb flavor.
To make herb oil (any herb, or a combination you like), roughly chop 1 cup of the herb. Place in food processor or blender and add 1/2 cup olive oil. Pulse to combine
PESTO and SALSA VERDE: As with making herb oil, putting your herbs in an oil-based sauce helps them stay fresh for longer.
FREEZE OIL/SAUCE FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE: Herb oils, pesto, and salsa verde keep very well in the freezer. You can make a large batch, then freeze in ice cube trays or in a thin, flat layer in a plastic freezer bag. That way, you can defrost only the amount you need by taking a few cubes or breaking off a piece from your thin layer.