Buying readymade pickles from the local stores is convenient, but you have to compromise on taste. On the other hand, you can experiment with different flavours at home and prepare tasty pickles on your own. The market products are not always fresh; especially the ready-made pickled chillies which lose taste very quickly.
Chillies - (8 lbs)
Vinegar (5%) - 5 cups
Water - 1 cup
Canning or pickling salt - 4 tsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Cloves garlic - 2
Gather the chillies. Make sure they are fresh and tender.
Remove all the diseased, spotted and rusty ones.
Ready the jars: Boil the jars for 5-10 minutes to remove all the germs.
Wash the peppers with fresh water.
Cut the peppers and remove the seeds.
If there are a few small chillies, slash a couple of slits in each.
Large ones should be split into half.
Blister the peppers: Just heat up the peppers in a pan for a few minutes and the skins will automatically start bubbling up.
Take a saucepan and combine vinegar, water, salt, sugar and garlic.
Simmer this solution for at least 10 minutes.
Pour the vinegar solution, leaving at least half inch airspace.