GG, I believe I did make mention earlier in this thread that DH is from the Philadelphia area and yes many older Italians (from Italy) do/did put up there own peppers, similar to what you might find in the grocery stores today; difference being, you did it yourself and it taste so much better.
And I'm thinking that this is not a regional recipe.
I have an American-Italian friend in Dallas Texas who is also searching for some elder that still remembers or at the least has a recipe to follow.
This just seems to be very old school that no one does any more.
As to maybe MomMom's recipe being un-safe by today's standards, well ... WDIK, I'm Hawaiian, I never heard of any such thing prior to meeting my darling husband :shrug:
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