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bodger

Chillie peppers again.

I've just picked a small portion of our chillie pepper crop from the poly and there's loads of them. I think that I've settled on freezing them individually and then keeping them all together in a polythene zip bag. The question is, do I remove the seeds from them or leave them intact? What do you do?
Digindeep

Can only go on cooking them fresh , if you want ...say your curry, or what ever to be hot ..hotter..leave the seeds in....

Personally I don't mind hot food....But I also like to save the seeds for next season.....

Ball/seeds in your court Mucka...

Try BOTH....
WhatCameFirst

Why not do half and half?  That's what I do.  I like my chilli very hot personally (not so long ago I ate a whole bird's eye just to prove I could to my 24 year old nephew, who chickened out) but even so I sometimes want to take seeds out for some dishes.
bodger

We froze a load last night but I've still got even more that aren't quite ripe yet. We're going to try and dry the next lot in the airing cupboard.
WhatCameFirst

Excellent. Dried chillies have more punch.
bodger

We put half a dozen fresh chilies in a Hairy Bikers curry tonight and we very pleased with the result. Most of the ingredients for our meal were home grown, our own chicken, onions, red peppers, tomatoes and chillies. It was a nice feeling to have been so self sufficient and even better still, the curry was absolutely delicious.
Rena

bodger wrote:
We put half a dozen fresh chilies in a Hairy Bikers curry tonight and we very pleased with the result. Most of the ingredients for our meal were home grown, our own chicken, onions, red peppers, tomatoes and chillies. It was a nice feeling to have been so self sufficient and even better still, the curry was absolutely delicious.


My favourite way to eat! ...and the BEST feeling! (Not to mention SO much more Healthy!)
kaz

Here is the latest batch of chillies - they are going into the airing cupboard and will hopefully dry out enough that they can be crushed and bottle - they will last us forever  (and there are still loads more on the plants in the polytunnel )

Rena

Nice!!!! (....*trying* not to be envious!)

I have also seperated the seeds out once the peppers are dried, and used them seperately...almost prefer the seeds more in some ways.
kaz

How do you 'crush' the peppers once they have dried?
I buy little spice jars of crushed chillies that have intact seeds in with them - rolling pin?....food processor?
Pilsbury

Hmm, the quickest and easiest way is a food processer on pulse but i suggest a face mask and goggles and after processing leave the lid on the processer for a few mins for the dust to settle, i am really not jokimg depending on how hot your chillies are.
bodger

I had a taster of one of the yellow ones while I was in the poly and it nearly burnt the front of my lips off. thank goodness I didn't give it a proper chew.
kaz

We got a bit blase picking the chillies as the first ones that we tasted were more like peppers than chillies so we started to taste more and wow!...... we found the real ones  My taste was shot from sampling a red chilli so Bodger tasted a yellow one that was really mild earlier in the season and he is still suffering now
Rena

The processor is an idea....however...I never use it. (I don't even think goggles and a mask can protect enough!)

Wax paper and a rolling in work fabulously.
kaz

More harvesting today ...........



We didn't do much tasting today, already knowing that the crinkly chillies were HOT and too cowardly to try the smooth red ones
I did however touch the tip of my tongue to the flesh of the little pumpkin shape ones and it was DEADLY HOT
I seem to remember that Bodger planted a Scotch Bonnet pepper so I google-imaged it and there we are - loads of deadly chillies. They have gone in the freezer until we decide what to do with them.......there are more on the plant - does anyone want any?
Rena

ooohhhh!!! too bad....  I would have taken you up on that offer!!! Hope you find a way that works best for you to use them! (we once had a pepper that the flesh was burning hot, yet the seeds were extremely useable with a Wonderful flavour!)
WhatCameFirst

What a glorious harvest! I'm green with envy!

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