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Preserving chillies?

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  • sunshine6650
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    i always have some already chopped in freezer bags, just add them in when cooking, being ready chopped makes it so much easier as well!

    my nana does this as well! & peppers..
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  • Skint_Catt
    Skint_Catt Posts: 11,548 Forumite
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    I chop them and freeze them in tupperware - keeping the colours separate so I can just throw what I need into a dish as I'm cooking it.
  • Meadows
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    Yes you can, I tend to do that if I have bought some and not using them,
    I tend to de-seed and cut into strips, you dont need to blanch them.
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  • nesssie1702
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    I freeze mine whole and just take them out of the freezer when I need to use them - a lot less waste than when I used to buy the pack, use one and throw the rest out when they'd gone squidgy!
  • FairyElephant_2
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    You can also chop them and pop them in jar with some oil (preferably good olive oil I reckon) - you can use the chilli's to cook with, and you also get chilli-flavoured oil to use too!
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  • trixietoes
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    I echo the others, freezing is nice and easy way of storing them. I also have wizzed them up and stored them with oil in a jar and kept in the fridge successfully.
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  • jollymummy
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    That isn't a pun :) I bought a load of cheap fresh chillies yesterday, can I put them in the freezer? will they go soggy?
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  • tomterm8
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    Yep, you can. make sure they are clean first, dry off, and freeze in a plastic bag. Sometimes the seeds go brown.Chop straight from the freezer.
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  • Pink.
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    Yes, they freeze really well with no need to chop them up beforehand as they are easily chopped from frozen. There's an earlier thread on preserving chillies that should help so I'll add your thread to it so that you can browse the ideas.

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  • Trinny
    Trinny Posts: 625 Forumite
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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;)

    Hi HM

    You can freeze them as they are - or do as we do - store them in old spice jars. they last for ages - you use them in place of fresh chilli - chopped up in the usual way - best use is when cooking rather than as a garnish. We like chilli heat and have a pestle and morter - so my OH will chop a few dried chillies and then pound them in the P&M with garlic, a curry paste, lemon juice etc then add that to chicken and oil and fry together.

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