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Refrigerator Pickled Banana Peppers

Yep, more pickles.  This recipe is perfect for those of you with a glut of banana peppers, whether you grew them yourself or you have a generous friend or farmer.

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I like pickled banana peppers on lots of things.  Like pizza, for instance.  Sandwiches.  On top of green salads.  Inside mayo-based salads.  With a fork.  I imagine that you can come up with some creative uses for these guys.

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Refrigerator Pickled Banana Peppers Recipe

ingredients

– 1 pound banana peppers
– 3 cups vinegar (5% acidity, can be white or apple cider)
– 2 cups water
– 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
– 1 tablespoon sugar
– 2 garlic cloves
– 2 peppers, sliced length-wise (optional)

instructions

Slice banana peppers into thin rings.  Remove seeds and ribs, if desired.  Even though banana peppers are not very hot, I still highly recommend wearing gloves for this step.  Not based on experience or anything…

Fill mason jar to the top with pepper rings and add garlic cloves and peppers to the jar.  I used serrano peppers because that’s what we had that day, but choose your pepper according to how hot you like your pickled peppers.  Or leave them out altogether.

In a saucepan, heat the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar and stir until dissolved.  Bring it to a boil and pour into the jar over the peppers.  Let cool a bit, tighten lid on the jar, and let cool completely.  Once the jar is room temperature, put in the refrigerator.  Hold yourself back for at least 24 hours before eating.

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Refrigerator pickles stay good for up to 3 months, but I doubt they make it that long.

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Let’s say you have way more than a pound of peppers.  If you’d like to can them so that they’re shelf stable, follow my Simple Canning Instructions and process the jars of banana peppers in boiling water for 10 minutes.  Pickles processed properly will last in a cool dark place for up to a year.  If they look funny, toss them.  Botulism ain’t no joke.

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What’s your favorite way to use pickled banana peppers?  I’m always up for a new way of incorporating pickles into my every day meals.

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jars (these are pretty: Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6
beginner canning tools set (Norpro 6 Piece Canning Set)
my grandparents’ antique enamel kitchen table (similar)

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Canning Basics
Quick Pickled Red Onions
Spicy Pickled Okra
Canning Tomatoes
Canning Sand Pears
Pickled Peppers, Part 1
Harris’ Grandmother’s Pickles

Until Next Time

Fishing with Lady J Charters

If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram, you know I was on a bit of a local vacation last week.  We went fishing offshore with my dad twice last week and it was so much fun/amazing/exhausting/exciting. He took us out with Captain Jacob Tankersley (who we have known since we were little) on the Southern Lady.  It’s snapper season (for nine very short days this year), and Jacob really put us on them.  We slayed the red snapper and red grouper, scamp, some white snappers, a few beeliners, a king, and even a black fin tuna!  I’m going to speed through two very full days of fishing with little commentary, but I’ll preface it with this: this was the best fishing trip(s) I’ve ever been on.  I know snapper season is only 9 days this year (and completely booked, by the way) but if you’re ever in the market for a charter fishing trip with the best Captains and deckhands around, check out Lady J Charters.  They are family friends, but also some of the best folks around.  And like Lady J Charters on Facebook, too, for year-round jealousy-inducing pictures.

DAY ONE

Sunrise of Port Saint Joe from the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls

Sunrise over St. Joe Bay | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat Pretending to be Captain Jacob | Oysters & Pearls Sunrise over Cape San Blas | Oysters & Pearls

A quick note: Marc caught this 34-pound Red Snapper.  That is INSANE, in case you were wondering.  In all these Day One Pictures, it’s the GIANT fish.First Snapper of the Day | Oysters & Pearls Fishing Sisters | Oysters & Pearls Natalie's First Snapper of the Day | Oysters & Pearls

Destin (holding our fish) was by far the best deckhand ever.  He has been fishing his entire life in St. Joe Bay and it showed.  He helped us out so much, was constantly working, and was a really, really nice guy.  Anna Jo's Snapper | Oysters & Pearls Fighting a Big One | Oysters & Pearls Beer Thirty on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Boat Drinks on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Snapper Fishing | Oysters & Pearls

Shark bait. Would’ve been huge.Shark Bait | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat and a Scamp.  Good eatin’.Wheat and a Scamp | Oysters & Pearls

More shark bait.More Shark Bait | Oysters & Pearls

Playing with a Remora.  They stick to sharks, but they will also stick to hands.Playing with a Remora | Oysters & Pearls

Back to the Snapper.Snapper Fishing on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Cooler Full of Snapper, Scamp and Red Grouper | Oysters & Pearls 34 pound Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls

Oh, and I caught a bonita, which just about killed me, and is good for nothing except bait.  I had to include it just because of the trouble it gave me. Bonita | Oysters & Pearls

We cooked a super fresh fish on the way in.  Chef Doc did a fantastic job.Cooking a Couple on the Way In | Oysters & Pearls Frying Fish on the Way In - It Doesn't Get Fresher Than That  | Oysters & Pearls Fry Pappy | Oysters & Pearls Chef Doc | Oysters & Pearls

Captain Jacob Tankersley and his niece, Lilly Jae, posing with the 34-pound Red Snapper and a Beeliner.Captain Jacob Tankersley and Lilly with a Beeliner and a 34 Pound Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls

The whole gang – Captain Jacob, niece Lilly Jae, (Deckhand) Destin, and all six of us: Doc, Scott, Marc, Anna Jo, Wheat and myself – with a whole lotta fish.Captain Jacob Tankersley's Southern Lady Crew | Oysters & Pearls Cart Full of Snapper | Oysters & Pearls Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls

 DAY TWO

This was my little cousin Cason’s first offshore fishing trip, and he was so excited he couldn’t stand it.  Wheat woke him up (early) Friday morning, and Cason jumped up immediately and said “DID I EVEN GO TO SLEEP???!!”  He was excited about everything that morning, right down to the buttered biscuit we got him at McDonald’s, which he declared the best biscuit he’d ever had.

Cason Impatiently Waiting to Fish | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his Daddy Fishing | Oysters & Pearls

When Cason hooked his first fish, he yelled, “This ain’t like a catfish, Daddy!”  Indeed, it’s way more fun than catching a catfish.  He tried holding it up himself, but it was too big. ;)Cason's First Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls Cason Couldn't Quite Hold his Red Snapper Himself | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his First Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls

So serious!

John Michael, Cason, and Mike - 3 Generations of Halleys | Oysters & Pearls

He was worn out before too long.

Cason Was Worn Out | Oysters & Pearls

But everybody took a break every now and then.  Just for a minute.

Boat Drinks on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Captain Jacob Tankersley | Oysters & Pearls

Cason slept until Doc woke him up to reel in whatever had just hit the flat line.  Turns out, it was a Black Fin Tuna.  It took Cason a little while to reel in (and almost took him out of the boat!), but he did it and was SO excited.  It was so much fun to watch!Cason Fighting his Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls Cason Fighting a Black Fin Tuna on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls

And that about did him in for the day!The Black Fin Tuna Wore Him Out | Oysters & Pearls

It finished everyone else, too, and we headed back in.  Fishing Trip on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls John Michael, Natalie, and Wheat on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Natalie and Wheat on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Southern Lady 2014 Snapper Season Haul  | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls

In addition to all this Lady J fishing, Saturday my mom and I spent some quality time in downtown Port St. Joe.  We visited our favorite haunts, including lunch at Provisions, a pit stop at the new Gifted Gourmet, some shopping at my all-time favorite boutique, Joseph’s Cottage, and a locally brewed beer from Grayton Beer Company at the Haughty Heron.  (Side Note: You can buy my handmade oyster ornaments there!)

Mediterranean Chopped Salad at Provisions in Downtown Port St. Joe, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

The Gifted Gourmet in Downtown Port St. Joe, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

Joseph’s Cottage in Downtown Port St. Joe, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

30A – Grayton Brewing Company at Haughty Heron | Oysters & Pearls

On Saturday, Wheat and my Dad helped Zach out at the Golly Whopper Fishing Tournament Weigh-in in Mexico Beach.  They handled the cooking, while Mama and I watched, socialized, and had a couple beers.

Doc and Wheat Cooking at the GollyWhopper Fishing Tournament Weigh-In in Mexico Beach, Florida | Oysters & Pearls Red Snapper at the Golly Whopper Fishing Tournament Weigh-In at the Mexico Beach Marina | Oysters & Pearls

At the GollyWhopper Fishing Tournament in Mexico Beach | Oysters & Pearls

Saturday night, Zach and Michelle came over for some freshly caught, freshly seared Black Fin Tuna steaks with Asian sauce, spicy mayo, wasabi whipped potatoes, and salad. The “Asian sauce”  was new to me and earned rave reviews, so I’ll just have to re-do it and take pictures so that I can share it with y’all.  ;)

Freshly Caught and Seared Black Fin Tuna with Friends and Family | Oysters & Pearls

After a leisurely Sunday morning with the house (and beach) to myself, Mama and I went for a bike ride all over St. Joe Beach.  I made it all week being good about sunscreen, and the bike ride got me. Typical!

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Sunday Afternoon Bike Ride at St. Joe Beach, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

Checked the girls (aka bees) in Bristol on the way home, despite the summer thunderstorm.  They’re doing great!

Honey Bees, Worker Bee Cells, and Larvae | Oysters & Pearls

And then when I finally actually made it back to Bainbridge, I quick-pickled some wax beans and dragon beans Marc and Anna Jo had brought me.  Delicious!  Recipe coming soon.

Behind the Scenes of Blogging: Quick Pickled Beans | Oysters & Pearls

 It was the very best vacation I’ve had in a long time.  There was even more fishing, but I’m saving that for another post!  Hope everyone else had a great weekend.  It’s back to Bainbridge/Thomasville/reality for me, but I’ll be honest – I’m grateful to have a slow and easy week this week to recuperate from all of May.  I have run myself ragged and right into a sinus infection this past month, so I’ll be resting up and detoxing this week, as well as sharing all my adventures with y’all. :)

And Happy Birthday to my sweet friend, Sara!! Xo!

Until Next Time

Saturday Garden Update

Bonus post!!

I hope everyone is thoroughly enjoying their weekends!!  I realized this morning that I hadn’t updated anyone on the garden in ages, so I thought I’d throw an update in this weekend.  Some things are just now taking off, and some are on their last leg.  I’ll keep this post light on words and heavy on pictures.

Basil | Oysters & Pearls

Our basil was doing SO well… until an army of black caterpillars did some SERIOUS damage.  We’ve started putting Sevin Dust on them like we’ve had to do to the tomatoes, but it just washes off with every rain (which is practically all day every day these days).  I’d love to have an organic garden, but I don’t want to grow it just to feed these dern caterpillars!  Any suggestions??

Key Lime Seedling | Oysters & Pearls

Remember when I made key lime pie?  Well, I saved a few seeds, and I managed to get one started into a seedling!  I’m hoping that in approximately one jillion years I will be eating key limes from it.

And speaking of citrus trees…

Meyer Lemon Tree | Oysters & Pearls

Our Meyer lemon tree is growing like crazy!  It was just twigs when we planted it… and for a long time after that.  We actually planted two, and one didn’t make it.  They were coming up around my grandparents’ lemon tree, and that makes having one pretty special.  Plus, they are the BEST lemons.  They are really sweet and the size of a softball.  Amazing.

Garlic Bed | Oysters & Pearls

Also a new feature: a very tiny (for now) garlic bed.  I can now call myself a self-respecting woman.  We planted some that Wheat’s aunt gave me when she gave me some cucumbers for pickling, plus a couple other cloves that had sprouted in the fruit bowl.

Bell Peppers | Oysters & Pearls

Our bell pepper plants haven’t ever really gotten very large, but they are slowly but surely growing some peppers!  As you can see, the caterpillars have done a number on these, too.  Help!

Pickling Cucumber | Oysters & Pearls

We still have a few cucumbers trickling in, but we have pulled all but a couple vines up at this point.  They are drowning in the rain!

Cucumbers | Oysters & Pearls

Not so pretty anymore – but I hate to pull the last of them up if I can get a few more cukes out of them!

Okra | Oysters & Pearls

Our okra is really taking off these days.  The plants are getting bigger and stronger, and are starting to make more okra!  Overall, though, it’s pretty laughable.  We’ve gotten 2 okra pods off these plants so far… but we’ll see.  They ought to produce all summer long, if we’ll ever get some sunshine!

Plotting Their Escape | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Wallace, planning their escape perhaps.

Now, on to what we have had the most success with: TOMATOES!

Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine | Oysters & Pearls

We have eaten a ripe cherry tomato here and there, and they are so good!

As for the other varieties we planted (beefsteak, Cherokee purple, and Roma) we have only gotten one tiny ripe beefsteak.  I have high hopes for them all, if it will just. quit. raining!

Roma Tomatoes | Oysters & Pearls

Green Cherokee Purple Tomato | Oysters & Pearls

Tomatoes are not Toys | Oysters & Pearls

Tomatoes are not toys, Wallace.

Which also, note how TALL our maters are now!  We never cease to be amazed at how big they’ve gotten.  See them a little over a month ago {here}.  It’s especially crazy that we started them from seed!

For a tutorial on how we built our raised beds, click {here} and {here}!

Raised Tomato Bed | Oysters & Pearls

Now, if Wallace will just guard them from squirrels while we aren’t home, we’ll be set…

Guardian of the Garden | Oysters & Pearls

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