So, it’s really no secret anymore that I give my brother hot pickled peppers. I don’t often have luck growing hot peppers, so I buy them from local growers like River Berry and Pomykala. I slice them up and pickle them with garlic, salt, and a mix of white and apple cider vinegars (and a little boiling water, of course). I’ve also become accustomed to adding a little “Pickle Crisp” to each jar (which is really just calcium chloride)– it keeps whatever you’re pickling crisp through the boiling or steaming process.
I like to layer the pickles by color to give them more of a holiday look.