I run a toothpick through them to allow better penetration.
I was going to use Reapers but thought it might be to hot for the other family members. I have fresh ripe Reaper pods on my plants now so will do a jar just for myself..lol did you slice the reapers in half, what size jar is that pictured and how many Reapers did you use?
Just made my first batch of Chilli Pickled egg's for the day and 3 more to make.
10 eggs per jar, I have starting using smaller sized egg's as the Pickling spice penetrates the eggs quicker.
Vinegar used -- White and Apple Cider.
Pickling spice used -- Mustard Seed, Whole Allspice Pimento , Coriander Seed , Cloves , Bay Leaves , Cinnamon Sticks , Salt and of course Chilli to taste
Let the waiting begin !
You could be correct, as you already know Tommy leaves will burn in "severe" heat if water gets on them, but all i can suggest is make sure you water under the foliage and early as possible in the A.M so any water can dry off the leafs before the heat sets in.