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I’m Going In! Wish me luck…

In Food & Drink, Home and Garden on October 16, 2012 at 8:30 am


An early frost put paid to a lot of delicate plants around here. The luscious basil of summer is no more, tomato and egg plants are blackened and withered, the Malabar spinach gone. Fortunately we kept a weather eye open and knew of the impending 27F temperature so took steps to harvest what little is left in the garden.

Bell peppers, green and not at their best size were picked. Surprising that we had over four and a half pounds of them. Despite their size they proved to be suitably delicious and aromatic crunchy candidates for cutting and freezing and this was done in short order. Our winter stews and stir fries will be safe. The daikon radish were pulled, greens trimmed (for pickling), roots washed, and carefully stored in readiness for the two recipes I intend to use for canning them. A post will follow. More…

While we were able to pick a lot of chilies, not all could be gathered in before nightfall so we left them to their fate. As it happened, the plants were finished off by the frost but most of the peppers were salvageable with just a few at the extremities of the bushes being ‘soggy and dubious’. Equally, our neighbour needed to harvest his chilies and asked us if we would like some… so I said, “Yes. Of course.”. The result is we now have several bags of chilies with the ‘tally’ awaiting conversion to paste, pickle or sauce being the following:

Orange Habaneros – 650g / 1 pound 7 ounces

Jalapeno – 1,645g / 3 pounds 10 ounces

Bhut Jolokia (Green) – 1,092g / 2 pounds 6.5 ounces

Bhut Jolokia (red) – 1,138g / 2 pounds 8 ounces

Green Mojo’s – 971g / 2 pounds 2 ounces

Banana Chilies – 863g / 1 pound 14.5 ounces

It looks like I will be making some chili sauces and pastes… possibly 😉

The above Banana Peppers have already been canned. Photos to follow.

And this does not include the various ristras we have hanging in the kitchen…


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