Well received at potlucks, these colorful sliced peppers add zest to the menu—and they're a smart way to use peppers from the garden. I also like to make them as a zippy side for lunch or dinner at home. —Heather Prendergast, Sundre, Alberta
2 each medium green, sweet red and yellow peppers, julienned
1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons mixed pickling spices
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 cup sugar
1 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
In a large glass bowl, combine peppers and onion. Place pickling spices and celery seed on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose seasonings; tie securely with string.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, water and spice bag. Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute. Transfer spice bag to pepper mixture. Pour vinegar mixture over top; cool. Refrigerate, covered, 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
Discard spice bag. Transfer mixture to jars, if desired; cover tightly. Refrigerate pickled peppers up to 1 month.