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Preserving chillies?

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  • Softstuff
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    The Turkish home preserving technique for chillies is to put a knot in a piece of string, then start with a needle threading them on one by one. You push the needle through the green stem bit (not piercing the chilli itself), and just make a long length of them. You hang this somewhere warm and dry (looks a bit decorative too), they dry out, you pull them off and crumble them into whatever.
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  • mwa
    mwa Posts: 364 Forumite
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    Hello

    Does anyone know the best way to preserve fresh chillies, please? I bought a pack for 6p but don't need them for a while, can I freeze them whole? Or can I preserve them in olive oil and make a nice flavoured oil at the same time?

    Many thanks
    MWA
  • basil92
    basil92 Posts: 12,510 Forumite
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    mwa wrote: »
    Hello

    Does anyone know the best way to preserve fresh chillies, please? I bought a pack for 6p but don't need them for a while, can I freeze them whole? Or can I preserve them in olive oil and make a nice flavoured oil at the same time?

    Many thanks
    MWA
    You can do both:D

    I freeze whole chillies then take them out to defrost as and when I need them.
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  • abaxas
    abaxas Posts: 4,141 Forumite
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    De-hydrate them and bash em up in a pestle and mortar.

    Always taste better than shop bought chilli powder!
  • esuhl
    esuhl Posts: 9,409 Forumite
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    mwa wrote: »
    Does anyone know the best way to preserve fresh chillies, please? I bought a pack for 6p but don't need them for a while, can I freeze them whole? Or can I preserve them in olive oil and make a nice flavoured oil at the same time?

    Wow! I thought I got a bargain when I got half a kilo of chillies for £1! I dried some of them by warming an oven (fairly low heat) and putting them in with the door ajar (to let out the moisture). They aren't totally dried out, but are lasting a lot longer than they would have otherwise.
  • M.E.
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    The whoopsied chillies I had were simmered gently in olive oil for about 30minutes. Strained and put in a small jar.
    Gave some to my nephew who drizzled it onto pizza...
    boy it was good and boy it was hot.
  • Pink.
    Pink. Posts: 17,675 Forumite
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    Hi mwa,

    There's an earlier thread on preserving chillies that should help so I've added your thread to it to keep the replies together.

    This thread may be useful too: recipes for chillies

    Pink
  • trevorb
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    Great ....This is my first years harvest and I was wondering how to preserve them.I will try all suggested methods.That vodka should have a kick !
    Re keeping the plants - should I cut them back or leave ? They are rather spindly.
    Thanks
  • domestic_goddess
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    Hi

    Is it the wrong time of year to be groing chilli's. I have a new allotment but I could bgrown them n my windowsill if that is better:beer:
  • harvestmoon
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    hi everyone
    got loads of red chillies drying on my windowsill which have been home grown by hubby over the summer.
    they're dry, crusty and i now haven't a clue
    a) how to use them in cooking
    b) where to store them
    c) how long they'll be useable

    there must be an expert out there dying to help me out !!!! PLEASE;)
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