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Preserving chillies?

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  • broke_mary
    broke_mary Posts: 121 Forumite
    i went into my local sainsburys yesterday and they had fresh chillies reduced i am hoping that i can freeze them.

    does anybody know if you can and am i best to slice and open freeze them then bag up?

    thanks
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  • I must admit I just pop them in a plastic bag and chuck them in as they come - they always seem to be OK
  • I grew loads last year, miles too many to use up, so just popped them in a freezer bag - they've been fine.
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  • Hi there,

    OH is Indian so lots of chillis here! I freeze them whole and chop from frozen. His sister minces them in a grinder and then freezes them.

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  • ocemeer
    ocemeer Posts: 414 Forumite
    I have a plastic box full of frozen chillis in my freezer.
    My mum minces them up and freezes them in ice cubes (then in a bag) for instat use.
    If you have an airing cupboard or something you could string them up and dry them. (can then grind them up into chilli powder)
  • What can I do with them?

    I am using about one a week, but that is not going to use them before they 'die'

    Any ideas on how to preserve them?

    Thanks

    GW
  • Softstuff
    Softstuff Posts: 3,086 Forumite
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    I'd cut them, deseed them, and dry them in a warm oven slowly.
    Then the resulting bits could be pulverised to small flakes, ideal for use in cooking or even to sprinkle on hot and spicy pizza.
    Otherwise, they can be pickled, or even preserved in oil. Though to my mind the end result isn't quite as versatile as chilli flakes. This is a bit of a popular preserving method in turkey, but they string them up and sun dry them before achieving the same thing.
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  • Thanks,

    I quite like the idea of stringing them up and dangling them from the 'summer house' (alright - shed!)

    I guess I'll dry them in the oven, but I brought some kilner jars at the weekend and I was thinking that I could put them in one, but would I have to blanch / boil then first? I wouldn't want anyone being ill.

    I have read on the internet that you shouldn't preserve garlic in oil as it can create a bacteria, so I don't want the same!

    Thanks

    GW
  • Softstuff
    Softstuff Posts: 3,086 Forumite
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    Thanks,

    I quite like the idea of stringing them up and dangling them from the 'summer house' (alright - shed!)
    Well, though they would make a nice decoration providing they dried quickly enough, I'd be a bit dubious of eating them after
    I guess I'll dry them in the oven, but I brought some kilner jars at the weekend and I was thinking that I could put them in one, but would I have to blanch / boil then first? I wouldn't want anyone being ill.
    As far as I recall from my ex turkish mother in law, when they preserved chillies in oil, there was no problem at all providing the jar itself was sterile and the usual bottling procedure is followed.
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  • bltchef
    bltchef Posts: 292 Forumite
    what about chilli vodka ? !!!!! you chilli s place in the vodka and leave for about 6weeks strain the vodka and drink use yo chillis in cooking
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