Picking crunchy banana peppers?

My banana peppers are doing great this year, and I am already to the point where I will have to pick and pickle some. When I have pickled them in the past, they tend to get soft. Any suggestions on what to add to keep the peppers crunchy?
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Chris Smolinski wrote:

Adding epsom salt will help -- about 1/2 tsp per quart jar is probably a good amount to start with. (no, that's not enough to change the taste or give you The Runs) You could also try 1/4 tsp of alum.
I soak my cucumber slices in a fairly strong solution of epsom salt before making pickles.
Also, try pouring hot brine over the peppers, seal, and then process the jars in a hot water bath for 30 minutes at 180 to 185 degrees instead of the usual 10 minutes at a rolling boil. (I think it's called the hot water pasteurization method, and it's only good for pickles)
Best regards, Bob
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