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Sep 27, 2004 08:20 AM

pickling peppers query - Why is my garlic blue?

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I was inspired by a post on pickling peppers. I grew a lot of hot peppers and have always been at a loss as to what to do with them before the frost killed them. So, yesterday, I tried to pickle my peppers for the first time.

I used a combination of sources, the thread below, epicurious and Jamie Oliver's. I didn't want to can, I just wanted to pickle.

So, I sterilized my jars, picked and blanched my peppers. I had a combo of jalepenos, habeneros, thai chili, and red hot cherries. Spices that I threw in the bottom of my jar included coriander seeds, bay leaves, peppercorns and cloves of garlic. I put the spices in the jar, put the peppers in and poured a hot vinegar/sugar combo to fill. I didn't fill the jars full of peppers, they were about half to three quarters full. The vinegar did go towards the top, with about half an inch leeway. The jars cooled, so I put the lids on and stuck them in the fridge. I was starting my patient wait for two weeks to go by.

Later that evening, I took a look at my pretty peppers. The garlic was still on the bottom and it had turned BLUE?!

So, here are my questions...

Why is the garlic blue?
Should I open the jars and take the offending garlic cloves out?
Will the jar of peppers be safe to eat?
Is the blue garlic safe to eat?
Do I have to dump my jars of pickled peppers?

Help please... Thanks.


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  1. I think Cooks Illustrated covered this in a recent issue. If I'm recalling correctly, the blue garlic will taste the same and is OK to eat. Of course, not the sort of thing you want to bet on.

    I found this via google:


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    1. re: Murrmaid

      Thanks. I'm so happy my pickled peppers are safe to eat.

    2. I just had the very same thing happen to my garlic. So, I turned to a dear lady who is known for canning everything under the moon!! some times the garlic turns blue. no I don'T HAVE TO REMOVE MY GARLIC AND IT IS SAFE TO EAT. The GARLIC DID NOT RUIN MY PEPPERS. bUT NOTE TO MYSELF... I DO NOT CHOOSE TO EAT THIS BLUE GARLIC!!!i AM GOING TO ALLOW MY PEPPER TO TO PICKLE AND WHEN i OPEN THE JAR i AM SIMPLY GOING TO REMOVE THE ONE GARLIC CLOVE. SIMPLE AS THAT. Enjoy!! I know we all will :)

      1. The iodine in iodized salt can make the garlic turn blue.