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preserving peppers

Last post 25-08-2009 4:30 PM by ffroglet. 13 replies.

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  • 23/08/2009 07:12 PM
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    I have got an abundance of jalapeno and chilli peppers, whats the best way to preserve them for future use, can they be frozen or is there a better way to keep them Thanks Charlie x. Confused

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  • 23/08/2009 07:52 PM
    • Phot's-Moll
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     I've successfully dried small chillies. Pick them when fully ripe and retain a short piece of stalk. Spread on kitchen paper in a windowsill (not kitchen or bathroom as they might be too humid) Turn occasionally. When they are so crispy that you can snap them in half and find no trace of moisture, put them into jars and store in a dark, dry place. You can remove stems then, if you wish.

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  • 23/08/2009 08:03 PM
    • sue1002
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     Chillies can be frozen whole, I haven't done it myself but I know someone who does.

    I dried a load of chillies last year on a tray on the bottom shelf of a very low oven for a few hours (I forgot they were in there!) and after they had cooled down, I put them in an airtight container in a cupboard.  When I use them, I crumble them into whatever I'm cooking and they are a lot hotter than the fresh ones were.

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  • 23/08/2009 08:05 PM
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     They seem to get hotter when they're frozen too.

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  • 23/08/2009 08:06 PM
    • sue1002
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    That's good to know Phot's, especially with the ones that are quite mildSmile

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  • 23/08/2009 08:17 PM
    • Nigel
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     Charlie

    Dry or freeze either works well.Also Chilli oil, Chilli vinegar or Chilli vodka. This last can be particularly lethal. Just soak whole chillis in liquid of choice until colour/flavour suits then strain out the peppers. Do not trim green ends off unless in a hurry.

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  • 24/08/2009 09:32 AM
    • miranda
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    I'm going to try making some hot sauces for the first time this year. This page was recommended: http://www.mexican-barbecue-recipes.com/tabasco-hot-sauce-recipes.html by an American who reckons the Tabasco sauce works out really well. 

  • 24/08/2009 10:48 AM
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    I dried mine indoors, but they are evil - some fiery and some very fiery indeed and you never can tell in advance - be aware that they must never be allowed to support any mould as moulds can produce some very harmful chemicals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aflatoxin so dry them as smartly as you can.

     

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  • 24/08/2009 12:12 PM
    • Susiq
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    Thanks for that link Miranda, very useful - I've got a mega-crop this year of different chillies, and er thanx also for the warning BoggyBig Smile

  • 24/08/2009 02:18 PM
    • sue1002
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    bogweevil:

    I dried mine indoors, but they are evil - 

     

    The evil, the better Boggy, you don't need to use as many and they will last longerBig Smile 

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  • 24/08/2009 05:37 PM
    • Phot's-Moll
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    Thanks for the recipes, Miranda. I might try one of those sauces.

    That mould warning of Boggy's applies to all fruit and veg, I believe, so only store produce that you're confident is OK.

     

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  • 24/08/2009 08:29 PM
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    Thanks for all the idea's I think I'll freeze half and dry half, I may even be tempted with the chilli vodka.

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  • 24/08/2009 10:04 PM
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     The vodka is an interesting idea, but I'm not brave enough to try it!

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  • 25/08/2009 04:30 PM
    • ffroglet
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    I made chilli vodka last year. I'm not daft enough to drink it but it made smoke come out of my husband's ears - and he likes the hot stuff Devil

     At the end of the season last year I chopped my chilli-laden plants off just above the roots and hung them upside down in my cool and not-too-bright (N facing) kitchen window where they dried beautifully (had heard they dry best this way). Actually I've just left them there as they're not int he way but you could put them in a jar when fully dry.

     

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