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Old 08-24-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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A question about canning with onions

I have a large batch of banana peppers I want to pickle with some onions. My question is how would I process it? I know onions need to be pressure canned, but would them being in with the peppers and the vinegar increase the acidity enough to just do a boiling water bath, rather than pressure canning (and potentially making a jar of mushy onions and peppers).

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Old 08-24-2014, 06:23 PM   #2
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The recipe I have and have been making for years for pickled green tomatoes contains a hearty amount of sliced onions. These pickles are processed in a water bath and I've never had any adverse effects.

I also have a recipe for pickled beets, via Martha Stewart, that includes onions and is also processed in a water bath.

Seems like you'd be good to go.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:30 PM   #3
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I agree with Katie, you should be fine using a water bath. I've pickled stuff with onions for years without a pressure canner.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:03 PM   #4
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Thanks :) I look forward to doing this and having the perfect burger topping!
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:24 PM   #5
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As long as your pickling solution is at least half 5% vinegar you'll be fine pickling pretty much any vegie in a boiling waterbath.
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If the stuff you are pickling is acidic enough, it can be hot water bath canned. The vinegar should make it acidic enough. It will depend on the strength of the vinegar and the ratio of vinegar to vegis.
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As long as your pickling solution is at least half 5% vinegar you'll be fine pickling pretty much any vegie in a boiling waterbath.
Oops, I didn't notice that you wrote "...at least half...". I only noticed that you mentioned 5% vinegar.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:19 AM   #8
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As long as your pickling solution is at least half 5% vinegar you'll be fine pickling pretty much any vegie in a boiling waterbath.
I should be fine then, I do a 3:1 vinegar:water ratio, I like the extra kick of the vinegar
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