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Preserving chillies?



  • Is there are thread about what to do about the correct way to freeze chillis? I couldn't seem to find it but its probably just me.

    I have loads to freeze

  • I chop them and put them in tubs, freeze them, them just take them out as and when I need them.
  • I chop them and put them in tubs, freeze them, them just take them out as and when I need them.

    Thanks Sarah

    Do you blanche them before hand?
  • Can you dry supermarket chillies?
  • Gingernutmeg
    Gingernutmeg Posts: 3,454 Forumite
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    You can dry any chillis - just wash them and leave them somewhere dry and warm, or thread them onto a piece of string or thread and hang them up to dry. I have a tupperware tub in my freezer where I freeze chillis and herbs in little bags, and then I can just take them out when I need them. It's a great way to take advantage of reduced chillies and herbs at the supermarket!
  • whatatwit
    whatatwit Posts: 5,424 Forumite
    What cracking ideas, I never have chillis in when I need excuse now.
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  • Di
    Di Posts: 324 Forumite
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    as chudies said.

    husband absolute chillie freak and any going spare (he buys a lot) goes in a bottle with olive oil. this keeps a long time and can be used to flavour stir fries, grilled chicken (drizzle over) oohh lots, even as a salad dressing. i have to say though, that some chillies get forgotten in the door of the fridge and when discovered, they're dry ... bonus :j
  • Maxjessdru
    Maxjessdru Posts: 178 Forumite
    I have loads of chilis which have ripen all at once so I was just wondering if anyone else had any ideas for preserving them. I have done an online search but only seem to come up with chili oil/vinegar which is not what I want. I thought of either blanching them whole and then freezing, or alternatively preserving them in olive oil. Anybody tried either method? thanks
  • vivaladiva
    vivaladiva Posts: 2,425 Forumite
    What about chili jam?
    (I've only heard of it - don't ask me for a recipe :confused:.)
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  • Gingernutmeg
    Gingernutmeg Posts: 3,454 Forumite
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    I don't bother blanching them, I just wash them and stick them in the freezer and pull them out then I need them. It doesn't seem to affect the flavour at all, although they are a bit softer when they defrost (I only use them in cooking anyway so this doesn't bother me.

    I once made preserved roasted peppers in oil, by charring peppers over a gas flame and then peeling them, packing them into sterilised jars and covering them with oil. You could probably do the same with chillis although it would be very tedious!
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