Q: Dear Dave:
A couple of years ago an acquaintance gave me a mason jar full of peppers in oil. He unfortunately would not tell me what kind of peppers they were and was closely guarding the recipe. The peppers were green and about an inch to two inches in diameter. I was able to find out he soaked them for twenty four hours in vinegar and then twenty four hours in olive oil and them preserved them. I don’t know anything more than that. I have just come across some information about you through a Google search, would your books describe preserving peppers in such a way or can give me you some direction towards coming up with a recipe similar to the one I’ve described. Thank you and have a great day.
Paul in Toronto, Ontario
A: Hello Paul:
I do not recommend attempting to preserve peppers in oil. Despite the initial vinegar treatment, the oil has nothing in it to prevent bacterial growth. When you see commercial bottles of peppers in oil, they are labeled "For Decoration Only. Not for human consumption." However, peppers can be safely preserved in clear white vinegar.