At the beginning of this month, Tandy set a regional and seasonal challenge to use a seasonal ingredient in a preserve: something to keep for a rainy day and included in this challenge is a giveaway – the chance to win a copy of LOVE AND FOOD, the market cookbook. My entry is Preserved Peppadews. Now I know that majority of people do not have the privilege of having peppadews growing in their garden; chillies of any variety work equally as well. I have not specified measurements as it will depend on the quantity of peppadews or chillies you are using, but a good guide line would be for every 2.5 cups of vinegar, use 2.5 cups water and 2 cups sugar.
- Halve and seed the peppadews and lay out on a tray and cover with salt. Let stand overnight.
- Rince the peppadews and set aside to drain in a colander.
- Heat the vinegar, water and sugar in a pot, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
- While boiling the liquid sterilise bottles and lids in another pot or pour a little water into each bottle and lid and boil in the microwave and pour the water out (do be careful).
- Fill each hot bottle with peppadews and compact a them down.
- Fill each bottle with the pickling liquid until full and compact the peppadews a little more and top up with additional liquid if required.
- Seal and store.
I just love that word…peppadew! This looks fabulous Mandy. Good luck in your challenge! These look delicious!
Thanks Kristy. They are always nice to have on hand. Have a super week. 🙂
I know I’ve never seen Peppadews growing in any garden I’ve had the pleasure to visit. But I really like how you’ve preserved them and I love a good ol’ mason jar. What type of taste do they have? I love learning something new
Hi Kay. Hmm, lets see, peppadews are kind of like a sweet chilli but different – shew, not sure how to explain the taste to you. Hope this makes a little bit of sense. have a super week. 🙂
I hardly do any pickling or preserving…no idea why….those preserved peppers sound great and perfect for the coming cold season.
Thanks Angie, I don’t do much myself either – it might be the time involved with some things I guess. Have a super week. 🙂
thanks for the entry! and you make it sound so simple 🙂
I’m not one for complicated recipes – so will always source the easy ones. Have a super week. 🙂
I love preserving stuff as well but not have done it with peppers as we dry them instead. I tried it on lemons though.
Thanks for the idea, at least I have another way of preserving chillies.
Lemons must be fantastic preserved this way Raymund. Have a super week. 🙂
I have never tried peppadews before. It sounds really intriguing 🙂
They really are lovely Tes. Hope you can find some somewhere. Have a fabulous week. 🙂
love the clean lines and tasty treats within your blog. Very nicely done!
Hi there T, welcome and thanks for stopping by and for your lovely kind words. Have a super week. 🙂
Very nice recipe, Mandy – those bottles look gorgeous. I can just imagine all the ways you’ll be using them in summer 🙂
Hi Linda, thanks very much! Have a super week. 🙂
They look gorgeous in their jars. We don´t have them here in Spain but maybe when i go to London next month I might be able to track down some seeds!
I bet they would grow beautifully in Spain Tanya. Hope you can find some seeds. Have a happy week. 🙂
I adore preserve peppadews. They are so delicious in sandwiches. My girlfriend gets them all the time.
Brilliant! If and or when we ever move from this house, I will have to dry a few extra seeds to take with us to plant. Have a super day. 🙂
Fun! I just did preserved jalapenos in oil last week! I love doing things like this! Your peppadews looks AMAZING! I need to try this one as well!
Thanks so much Belleicious. Hope you enjoy using this recipe. 🙂
This seems simple enough but I’m not muh of a pepper/chili person. It’s only been for the last 2 years or so that I’ve made an effort to increase my tolerance of their heat. Although I’ve made progress, I’ve a way to go before I’ll consider preserving peppers or chilis. When I do, however, I’ll come here and look up this recipe.
Hi ChgoJohn, i don’t have a very high tolerance myself but these little peppers are just hot enough, thankfully. Have a super week. 🙂
Oh those would be so great on sandwiches and pizza. They look simply fantastic.
Thanks Greg. Think I should make pizza soon again to showcase these gems a little more. Have a super week. 🙂
I’m impressed that in 7 easy steps I could save a bit of summer’s bounty! I’ve never canned before and you’ve detailed it so well. I’d love to see your follow up posts using these peppers!
Thanks so much Spicegirlfla, this is a lovely easy and straightforward fail proof recipe. 🙂
These are going to taste great when they’re ready, Mandy! Can’t wait to see what you cook them with.
Hi Caroline. Must say we usually only ever add them to bread and muffins, oh yes and as pizza toppings alternatively just enjoy them with cheese and crackers. I will have to put the thinking cap on and come up with something new. Have a happy day. 🙂
I love these….have never made my own though….bookmarked and when am feeling a bit adventurous will give it a try….I had these once with gnochi that also had spinach and lemon….oh! it was delish! thanks for the recipe…
Hi Shilpa – the gnochi sounds heavenly! Have a super week. 🙂
Peppadews? I’ve not heard of them before, but I’d definitely eat one!!! :))) xx
Wouldn’t it be great if you could pop over and enjoy a few with us Kim. Have a happy week. 🙂
These looks simply wonderful! I need to branch out and not just can tomatoes!
These are so easy to do and the recipe is very versatile for so many other goodies too. Have a great week. 🙂
After I started to blog this year, I learned so much about preserves. Before I would never thought of trying to make it, but now I’m really curious. I’m not sure what to do with all the food I preserve (maybe give away?) as my kids (and probably husband) may not be interested in it. But thanks, I at least enjoyed reading this post. You will be making pizza with this? I can’t wait!!
Hi Nami. These kinds of preserves make for great gifts! Have a super week. 🙂
We just bought a huge jar of these at a local market. Not really sure what we’ll do with them.
Any recipe ideas?
Hi Simon, thanks for stopping by. You can use them as a pizza topping, pop them in when making bread, muffins or scones. They are always nice in a salad and work very well with crackers and cheese. Enjoy. 🙂
Love these, I twittered, and facebooked them for ya.
Thanks Sonsothunder! Have a fabulous day. 🙂
What a smart challenge. I love the idea of a seasonal preserve to have on hand for rainy days. I’m a fan of the sweet, gentle heat of peppadews – but I certainly don’t have them growing in my garden!! 🙂 Very nice Mandy.
Thanks very much Kelly. Have a fantastic day. 🙂
They look so appealing, Mandy! I love preserving – it’s like bottling up sunshine for a rainy day.. 🙂
Thanks very much Celia. Have a happy day. 🙂
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So excited that I won, thanks Tandy! 🙂 xo
Love pepperdews! Even Don eats the mild ones. Where do you get your fresh ones Mandy? Congrats, I see you won the challenge xx
Thanks Colleen. They were growing all over our garden when we bought our home but sadly since being away in Mauritius for 3 years, it seems we are now only left with only 1 plant! We are treasuring it and coaxing it to grow to it’s former healthy condition. Have a super weekend. 🙂
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Just got a call from a friend who received a bucket full of fresh Peppadews for free, shes on her way. This recipe looks define and quite simple and easy to make. Gotta try this. A
Hi Adri, welcome and thanks for stopping by. Have fun preserving the peppadews. Remember to wear gloves so you don’t burn your fingers. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Use the peppadews by filling them with feta cheese then wrap them in bacon. Pop them in the oven untill bacon is done. Serve as starter with some savoury bread.
Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by and for your awesome idea! I am going to try this with some fresh peppadews soon too! Have a super week. 🙂
We have peppadews in the garden, which are now turning red. Had one picked this morning. It tastes a lot like a red pepper. Although it does not burn like a chillie. (I thought it burns). I am going to try to preserve them according to your instructions. Can I add a chillie when boiling the vinegar to give it a bite?
Hi Colleen, thanks for stopping by. Our peppadews seem to be quite hot – I think there may be different strength peppadews – not too sure. I am sure adding a chilli would add a great amount of bite and flavour. Have a super day. 🙂
I wanted to try this recipe and am concerned out botulism. How do you know vinegar amount is sufficient enough not to let it grow. Is there some official guidelines. Thank you so much
Hello. I would assume due to the fact that you are sterilising the jars and boiling the vinegar mixture for a period of 5 minutes that that would be sufficient. Hope that helps. Have a super weekend. 🙂
I stay on a farm and love to bottle fruit and stuff
Hi Ina, hope you enjoy this easy recipe. Have a super day. 🙂
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I am so pleased you found my post and that the guideline worked well for you. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
We bought our peppadew bush from an indigenous plant market in Pietermaritzburg – I am sure some of the indigenous nurseries will have them. Ours is a bright yellow little peppadew and produces large amounts of fruit. Am going to use this and your scone recipe to use them rather than have them go to waste.
Hi Christine, thanks for stopping by. I have never seen a yellow peppadew, wonder if they are sweeter or stronger? How lovely you will be trying my recipes, thank you. I hope you enjoy them. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
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Hi Guys, thanks for the link. I am thrilled you enjoyed the recipe. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
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I am so pleased you found a recipe that works for you. The abundance of peppadews we used to have in our garden has dwindled down to just 2 plants. We will try grow new plants from seed. Thank you too for the link back. Have a super weekend. 🙂 xo PS. I tried leaving a comment on your blog but don’t think you have a comments section.
Excellent recipe , Thank you very much. Simple and very tasty.
Try them raw thinly sliced in a Greek type salad with Olives and Feta.
Hi Steve, thanks for stopping by. I am so pleased you like the recipe. They are a perfect accompaniment to a salad and are fabulous raw. Sadly our bushes aren’t doing so well this year. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Bottling the ones that have grown through Winter today. Very lucky that they have made it though. Most of the Jalapenos seem to have made it too.
How lucky you have had a bumper harvest Steve. I haven’t bottled any in a couple of years. I really hope we can get some healthy plants for the seeds we are going to plant. Have a wonderful week ahead. 🙂 xo
Pepperdews are very similar to normal bell peppers, except they are much smaller and have a sweet taste. I live in South Africa and they grow well here.
Hi Mike, yes, peppadews do grow well here, we still have 2 plants in our garden. Have a super day and thanks for stopping by. 🙂