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Julie Sutton

Peppers

Hi all you keen gardeners/cooks!

This year I have succesfully grown lots of mixed peppers. I am really chuffed as have grown them all from seed. They look wonderful..all different colours..purple, red and green.
They are all now ready for harvesting
How / does anyone have any hints, tips or recipes of how I can preserve them so I can use them in cooking..would like to preserve them as peppers not make them into preserves or chutneys
Could I freeze them? or put into oil or vinegar?. I am a complete novice here so would welcome lots of advice. I love cooking with peppers and normally buy lots so would love to cook with my own.
Once harvested will the plants flower next year? or is this harvest all i will get from them. They are on the window sill in my conservatory and seem quite happy
Looking forward to lots of suggestions (sorry I have not been posting lots but have been quite poorly)
Jools

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treehugger

peppers

Hi Jools- well done on the peppers and vegie garden :-)(sorry to hear you have been poorly- hope you're feeling better) i always freeze mine- i do some as big chunks/halves- deseed and dry freeze, then bag up so i can pull one or two out at a time, or i slice them up and blanch (for 1min then drain+ put in iced water), then bag them up in small portions.
don't know about preserving- would be interested in the replies.

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Liz from Cumbria

peppers

They can be preserved in oil but not sure how to do it. Someone will know though.
Hopefully you're feeling a little better since you're posting again.

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Liz from Cumbria

Peppers in oil

Jools, just had a google and there's loads of info on preserving peppers. Just put exactly that, "preserving peppers" into Google and it will come up with loads for you.
x

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sam from worthing

peppers

if you are planning on bottling in oil...you have to be VERY VERY careful, as i found out last year, and wasted so many peppers and a lot of very good olive oil....if done incorrectly and controlled right, you can end up with (spelling error coming up) botulism....which mine developed very quickly after bottling up.

i now, prepare by deseeding and cutting into thin strips then i open freeze on a baking sheet, then once frozen pop them into a freezer bag. simply that no need to par boil or steam or anything just prep and freeze.

sammy

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Yummy

How did you know ?????

"if you are planning on bottling in oil...you have to be VERY VERY careful, as i found out last year, and wasted so many peppers and a lot of very good olive oil....if done incorrectly and controlled right, you can end up with (spelling error coming up) botulism....which mine developed very quickly after bottling up.

i now, prepare by deseeding and cutting into thin strips then i open freeze on a baking sheet, then once frozen pop them into a freezer bag. simply that no need to par boil or steam or anything just prep and freeze.

sammy"
...They had developed "Boltulism" ?? Was it identified in a laboratory??

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Karen`s Kitchen

Peppers

Hi Jools

Welcome back, I often think about you. This year has been a good year for growing peppers. We`ve just grown green ones which are now turning red and they taste much sweeter when they do. I used to buy chopped frozen peppers which were handy for throwing in spag bols etc. I suppose you should slice them then maybe blanch before freezing.

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sam from worthing

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no it was the mould that appeared after about 24 - 26 hours after bottling that gave it away ...which i was told was botulism(sp) and the whole lot had to be thrown away, and i followed the procedure to the letter, had my oil at right temp roasted and peeled and chopped my peppers, sterlised and warmed my bottles all to the correct temps...i had 10 jars worth - which believe me was a lot of oil and a LOT of peppers that had to be thrown.

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Yummy

Botti, what a shame

after all that effort, I bet you had a few choice words to say
?!**$^X@@~ !!!

 
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