(Used in this project: Canning Labels in Classic Oldstyle style.)
Mike and I have been friends for a LONG time. We grew up in San Diego together, we moved to the Pacific Northwest together, we’ve played in bands together, we’ve done it all together. So when it’s time for Mike’s birthday, I make sure I get him something one-of-a-kind. This year he wanted to go home, back to San Diego, for a little change of weather. It can get pretty dreary here in Portland and there is no better vacation spot for weather than San Diego. And there’s no better Mexican food either. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it down, so I thought I would bring a little taste of San Diego to him. No real Mexican restaurant is complete without a salsa bar and those spicy pickled carrots. They were always our favorite, so for his birthday I made him enough of those awesome spicy carrots to last him till his next San Diego vacation. And let me tell you they are SO easy!
Here’s what you need:
• 2 lbs of large carrots, peeled and sliced thick
• 5 cloves of garlic
• 1 1/2 cups of vinegar
• 1 1/2 cups of water
• About 10 bay leaves
• About a tablespoon of whole peppercorns
• About a teaspoon of salt
• About 4 or 5 large jalapenos sliced lengthwise into sticks (If you want them spicier add more!)
• A couple of jars for canning
Step 1: Heat a bit of oil in a pot and saute the garlic, carrots and jalapenos for about 2-3 minutes.
Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients and liquid and bring to a boil.
Step 3: When at a gentle boil, turn down the heat and let them simmer for about another 10 minutes.
Step 4: Let it all cool and transfer the carrots and jalapenos into jars and top off with the cooking liquids.
Step 5: Throw ‘em in the fridge and they’ll be good for months!
These carrots turned out great! Spicy, vinegary – just like those whole-in-the-wall places Mike and I visited at home. He loved them of course, and I made enough for myself to keep around as well!
Used in this Project
- Canning Labels • I chose the “Classic Oldstyle” style in Spice.
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