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    • jazzyjustlaw
    • By jazzyjustlaw 17th Aug 05, 1:02 PM
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    Preserving chillis
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:02 PM
    Preserving chillis 17th Aug 05 at 1:02 PM
    I have a pack of fresh chillis use by 19th August. I intend to use 1 or 2 tomorrow but I will have some left over. Can I freeze them if so do I just wash them and put them in the freezer?
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  • ancasta
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:13 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:13 PM
    i always fereze some chillis. I make little bags up of sliced, ringed and chopped chillis of varying types (chipotle, birds eye etc)

    Im a BIG chilli fan so its always there. They are a god send when i need some chilli and havent always got time to go to the shop. I often have little ice cube trays full of crushed/chopped garlic in a little olive oil so that when i come to frying i can just pop one out and fry away
  • MrsB
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:17 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:17 PM
    Fabulous ideas Ancasta. I always end up with dead chillies in my veg rack cos the recipe called for 1 or 2 and the supermarket only sells them in bags of 4 or 5!! And as for the garlic - well that's just genius.
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  • LyndsM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:19 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:19 PM
    Hiya

    I guess you can freeze them - they are just veggies at the end of the day.
    My OH is chilli-obsessed... we buy 1lb for a 1 at the market (nearly every week!)

    What we tend to do is put the ones we don't get round to using on a bit of kitchen roll on a plate in the airing cupboard (or radiator shelf when we didn't have an airing cupboard) and dry them - just give them a shake every couple of days to dry each side and they should be done in a week (usually less).
    Then you can either use them whole (plonk into cup of hot water to reconstitute) or chop them up, or bung them dry into your pan while your meal's cooking (the water here will reconstitute them)

    Or...OH's fave...crumble them up, put into a jar and then sprinkle them on every single thing you ever eat ever, including probably cornflakes.... :rolleyes:

    (NB. if you dry them outside in the sun, they can fade and turn strange colours!)
    (NB #2. They tend to be hotter after you've dried them....be warned!! )

    Cheers
    Lynds
  • ancasta
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:20 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:20 PM
    *does a happy dance*
    im a genius im a genius

    Just dont forget to assign ice cube trays solely for the purpose of chilli or garlic (you could freeze chilli in portions in one)

    as i once made garlic tainted ice cubes and put them in some VERY expensive Bourbon.

    DOh
  • MrsB
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:24 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:24 PM
    oops!! Where's that vomitting smiley when you need it??
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    • chudies
    • By chudies 17th Aug 05, 1:25 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:25 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 1:25 PM
    can also drop the chillis in some oil, in one of those decanters
    and make your own chilli i think
    • spalding
    • By spalding 14th Nov 05, 10:19 AM
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    • 14th Nov 05, 10:19 AM
    dried chilli's
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    • 14th Nov 05, 10:19 AM
    I've got loads of chilli's still sitting on my plants was wondering what the best way was for drying them out? Any tips?

    Thanks in advance Jeff
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    • By squeaky 14th Nov 05, 11:01 AM
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    • 14th Nov 05, 11:01 AM
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    • 14th Nov 05, 11:01 AM
    There's an old thread on drying mushrooms that should give you a start and it includes links to site about drying foodstuffs that should tell you more...

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  • Don'tskipit
    I've got loads of chilli's still sitting on my plants was wondering what the best way was for drying them out? Any tips?

    Thanks in advance Jeff
    by spalding
    Unless your greenhouse is heated, cut the chillies from the plants before the frost gets 'em, even if they're still green. I have a sunny widowsill that is full of harvested chillies - they do ripen to red - then dry. You can dry them in a very low oven with the door open. By the way don't throw your plants away, with a bit of care you'll have bigger and better plants net year.
    I've been growing them for years. Love 'em!
    Anyone got any spare garlic cloves to plant now???!!!!
    • spalding
    • By spalding 14th Nov 05, 4:40 PM
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    chilli already red have found the plants nice sheltered spots for the winter so hopeful time to fill the windowsils then!!
  • lottie26
    Freezing Chillies
    Hi, I have a load of fresh little green and red chillies, when I cooked a chinese last night I only needed 2 green one's as they were that strong, so there is no way I can use all these chillies in the next few day's
    Can you freeze them fresh or do you need to do something with them first? Thanks.
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  • shetitasatic
    I've never frozen them but we grow them in the greenhouse and we dry them. Just spread them on some paper towel on a tray and put in a warm place - on the boiler or in the airing cupboard. If you put chilli in Google there's a great UK website
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 3rd Feb 06, 6:27 PM
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    I have frozen them(there's always too many in a pack,why can't supermarkets sell them loose?).I just put them in a bag and bung in the freezer.I use them from frozen,but I did think the last one I used was a bit tame.Maybe freezing them cools their fire a bit?HTH
  • Mr Skint
    Pickle them, they are lush pickled I always have a jar handy..http://www.bevelynn.co.uk/Home.html
    • powie69
    • By powie69 3rd Feb 06, 7:16 PM
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    I have frozems fresh chilies before, and used them for making peach and chilli chutney. They do seem to not be as hot thought. Good luck
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    • Swan
    • By Swan 4th Feb 06, 8:18 AM
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    I just put them in a poly bag & chuck them in the freezer & they're fine

    one thing though, they're easier to prepare if they're still slightly frozen, otherwise they can be a bit soft & slippery & difficult to cut
    • Moorepart
    • By Moorepart 4th Feb 06, 1:09 PM
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    Hiya, Cut the stems out, put them in an airtight container wrapped with 4 or 5 kitchen towels, make sure they are well warpped, and your chillis should last you a long time.

    Good luck
    • Miss Behaving
    • By Miss Behaving 4th Feb 06, 5:34 PM
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    Hi, I chop them up then freeze them on a tray before transferring them to a bag.
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  • Graham_S
    chop them up and put them in a bottle of cheap vodka. give it a few weeks and you have chilli vidka

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