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witty

Freezing chillis

I find that freezing them whole works very well. I put them into a strong freezer bag and cook with them from frozen, slicing with a sturdy knife.

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Chazza

For Sue G

"... slice the thinest slice off the bottom and gave it to the hubby. All i can say is, the kids can now swear in french."

Awfully sorry about leading your children to such moral degredation, but I'm glad about your chilli success.

As Witty wrote, I freeze them whole, but I make time to do the entire process in one, in other words, cut, wash, dry, bag up with the minimum of air and freeze. Keep the stalky bit at the top on. Cut with scissors rather than tear off as it distressed the plant less and makes better chillis.

Otherwise I find they either dry up very quickly, making the skins unpleasantly tough, or the insides turn brown - so they go straight in the bin.

I think it's really important to keep as much air out of the freezer bag as possible, otherwise all the internal moisture gets sucked out and forms ice, and once again you get dried skins.

I air dry the red ones as well, on a tea-towel on a tray for a month, then grind them and store.

I also made one of those chains you see in canteenas in Westerns once, but no one wanted me to eat them as it was so pretty. It takes a lot of chillis too, and then they dry out and get covered in dust.

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Sue G

chilli peppers



Awfully sorry about leading your children to such moral degredation, but I'm glad about your chilli success.

As Witty wrote, I freeze them whole, but I make time to do the entire process in one, in other words, cut, wash, dry, bag up with the minimum of air and freeze. Keep the stalky bit at the top on. Cut with scissors rather than tear off as it distressed the plant less and makes better chillis.


Hi,
thanks for the tip about freezing them. Kids thought their papa was so funny the way he was screaming about them being hot.

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tilly

chillis

Am not very knowledgable about chillis[ or anything else for that matter] are dried ones "stronger" than frozen ?

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Chazza

Dried or frozen hotter?

"... are dried ones "stronger" than frozen?"

Not really, one dried chilli has the same oils (the hot factor) as one fresh or one frozen, but when dried they appear smaller.

If you use the usual dried herb / fresh herb calculation - i.e. use what looks like half as much dried - you should be fine.

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tilly

Chillis

Thanks for the info

 
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