lazy preserving of chilli

Mark Seaton

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Just a quick note to show that not everything needs to be complicated and time consuming.
I grew a few different varieties of Chilli this year and grew them in different parts of the garden to get an idea of what would work better. Well long story short, they ALL produced way more than I would have ever imagined.
I gave a heap away to some friends, but wanted to get them all off the bush to make space for new crops. So I got my daughter to help and we picked all of the ripe Cayenne peppers and Red hot embers and put them into the dehydrator. That took a bit more time than I expected. But just a few days ago a friend of mine told me how they do theirs, so I went and picked all the Jalapenos.
Simple recipe. Cut the tops off.Throw them in a blender. Stuff them in jars. Fill with olive oil. Done.
We got 4 jars. 1 is in the fridge and being used already :)
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Hi Mark great result We are having same results with ours fast as I pick them they produce more ours are still flowering and have thousands of fruit on them . My wife calls them Dave's chilli trees as I think they have grown past the Bush stage and arnt showing and sign of slowing down must be the year for it. Cheers Dave
 
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Hi Mark great result We are having same results with ours fast as I pick them they produce more ours are still flowering and have thousands of fruit on them . My wife calls them Dave's chilli trees as I think they have grown past the Bush stage and arnt showing and sign of slowing down must be the year for it. Cheers Dave
Yeah, I was going to pull them out, but they are still producing heaps. If they do ever slow down I may get rid of them, but while they are happy, so am I :)
 

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Looks amazing! Any that I don't turn into hot sauce in the future I will be trying this way instead.
 

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How long does this method store? I usually just string dry hot peppers and use them over a few months but this would be good for several applications...
 

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How long does this method store? I usually just string dry hot peppers and use them over a few months but this would be good for several applications...
Not sure on how long they last, but as long as they stay completely covered in oil I can't see why they wouldn't last for a long long time.
And we already had dried a whole heap in the dehydrator, but this was suggested and after tasting them in a dish the wife did last night.... Bloody beautiful!
 
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As much as my fella loves his hot peppers we will definitely be giving this a go
 

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Oh boy, a friend planted a jalapeno plant in our garden and it has many fruit on it. I don't even eat jalapeno peppers :) but will preserve them in this manner. At least I could use just small amounts to begin with and perhaps increase it over time. It won't have any lasting affect on the blenders plastic parts will it? I starting to make green smoothies and wouldn't want any lingering heat in them!?
 

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I will definitely have to try this with ours next year. I also pickle them in vinegar with spices!
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Top row is tomatoes
Bottom row is 2 jars pickled baby tomatoes, 3rd jar is pickled chili peppers and 4 jar is tomato sauce.
 
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I use what is known as the overflow method for bottling or canning fruits and vegetables. For my pickled chili's this is what I did, I've also done capsicum/bell peppers this way.

I highly recommend chopping the chili peppers to how you want them when you use them as they are hard to cut up once pickled.

1.Fill the jars with the chopped/sliced chili peppers, I added mustard seeds as well. You can add any seeds that will impart a flavor you like!
2. Bring to the boil enough vinegar of your choice (I find apple cider vinegar the best but malt or wine vinegar can be just as nice) to fill your jars.
3. Then fill the jar with the boiling vinegar and seal.

Do not over boil the vinegar. You just want it at the boil as the heat is used to make the jar seal.

By pickling this way the chili peppers are not overly cooked and are still crunchy when opened several years later!.

You can pickle without sealing if you are just making a jar or two for immediate use. I tend to pickle a lot in one go.

I use in casseroles, salads, stews, fritters and well just about anywhere! Even in mashed potatoes!
 
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Simple recipe. Cut the tops off.Throw them in a blender. Stuff them in jars. Fill with olive oil. Done.
If you have paraffin wax you can use that instead of Olive Oil - it is an old method of sealing without using a lid.
 
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I just freeze mine in a glad bag
Honestly the best method for recipes that require fresh chilies
 

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Just a quick note to show that not everything needs to be complicated and time consuming.
I grew a few different varieties of Chilli this year and grew them in different parts of the garden to get an idea of what would work better. Well long story short, they ALL produced way more than I would have ever imagined.
I gave a heap away to some friends, but wanted to get them all off the bush to make space for new crops. So I got my daughter to help and we picked all of the ripe Cayenne peppers and Red hot embers and put them into the dehydrator. That took a bit more time than I expected. But just a few days ago a friend of mine told me how they do theirs, so I went and picked all the Jalapenos.
Simple recipe. Cut the tops off.Throw them in a blender. Stuff them in jars. Fill with olive oil. Done.
We got 4 jars. 1 is in the fridge and being used already :)
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This sounds like a great solution to an over announce of chillies. Thanks for the tip, I usually just dry and crush them when I've eaten enough fresh.