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After a huge success with my Raw Sweet Bread and Butter Overnight Pickles… I decided to try my hand at a spicy pickle. I pretty much kept to the same recipe but added in a sliced jalapeño along with the feathery green leaves that belong to fennel. Adding sliced fennel from the bulb would be wonderful too but I didn’t have any. I just so happened to have the stalks left over from another recipe so I decided to pop them in there. Dill would also work.
When I added the sliced jalapeño, I left the seeds intact. But if you are sensitive to hot things, feel free to omit them or just add a few in. You will notice in the list of ingredients that I added agave. This was a wonderful compliment to the spiciness.
The heat of a jalapeno can add a wonderful kick to food but a lasting burn to your skin. The experience can range from uncomfortable to extremely painful. Always take care when handling jalapeños and never touch your eyes after you have handled them. Even though we only use 1 little jalapeño for this recipe, I am going to really encourage you to wear some gloves when handling them.
I learned a painful lesson several years back when I processed a bowl of tiny, itty, bitty, adorable jalapeños. Seriously… they WERE that cute! During the process, I didn’t feel a thing, but about 2 hours later when I slid into my bubble bath… ready to relax and soak way my woahs of the day… I laid back in the tub, closed my eyes and started to listen to the bubbles sing to me (they sing Pop music haha get it? sorry, I have a silly sense of humor)… back to my bath – as the water inched up my body totally submerging it… it was then when the holy-jalapeno-the-gods-must-be-crazy-heat started to burn my skin. I jumped out of the tub in my bubble suit of armor, running all over, waving my hands… burning sensations infected my body and my skin burned like there was no tomorrow.
It took me a while to figure out why I was feeling this way…jalapeno oil (Capsaicin)! The water touching it on my skin, activated it. My jalapeño-oil-ladened hands had ended up touching many parts of my body without me even realizing it, well until I went to take my bath. I laid in bed as still as could be… burning and aching. It hurt so bad that I couldn’t even get up to consult Mr. Google as to what to do. So please, please, just slide on a pair of gloves. In this particular case, it only takes one little innocent looking pepper to make your evening miserable.
Yields 1 quart