Chili Pepper Haul

Posted by Dani on November 10, 2013

chili pepper harvest
This is my entire chili pepper haul for the year. Two big bowls. That’s a lot of heat.

I had been leaving them on the plants as long as possible, letting them grow while playing chicken with the frost.

I heard from my dad the other night that I had to bring them in. My dad’s the weatherman in the family, and when he says it’s too cold for my peppers, I listen. Old Italians just know this kind of thing. So I headed out at 11 at night with a flashlight and came back with this stash.

chili pepper harvest

I have a few different varieties. I don’t really pay attention when I buy the plants, just choosing randomly. It seems to work out. There’s some jalapenos in there, and some Italian and Thai chilis. And some miscellaneous.

Here’s a fun kind. I think my mom got these seeds from a second cousin. That’s the kind of thing old Italians do – trade seeds. I have no idea what kind they are – it’s sort of a surprise variety. Cute, though, aren’t they?

chili pepper

Here’s my entire harvest from 2 years ago, the first year I tried to grow them. I’m getting better, aren’t I?

bowl of chili peppers

We’ve already grilled some goat-cheese stuffed jalapenos, like this recipe that Nad made. They’re not too spicy if you take out the seeds, and delicious with the goat cheese. A perfect appetizer when dinner’s running late and you need something quick.

jamaican red chili pepper harvest

Now what am I going to do with all the rest of these peppers? Maybe one giant batch of red pepper jelly? Enough to give away to everyone at Christmas? This will be my second try at making red pepper jelly, and I can avoid the mistakes of my red pepper jelly ordeal of 2 years ago. Maybe I’ll keep it simple, and use this recipe for Hot Pepper Jelly With Tequila. That way, at least I’ll have a good time cooking it up.

What do you think? Any ideas?

chili peppers in bowls




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12 Responses to “Chili Pepper Haul”

  1. These are beautiful! Maybe pickle some beans and slip a few peppers in the mix? Salsa?

    Do you have access to a dehydrator?

    Either or, I am in envy of your gardening skills. Well done!

  2. Your pics are gorgeous! I was going to suggest jelly and salsa and marinades. Could you dry some out and make spices?

  3. Fariha says:

    Gorgeous looking peppers you have there. I like to make a green chilli sauce with coriander, chillies and garlic. I throw it into stews, burgers and even meatloaf.

  4. Wow. I can’t help but think to myself: salsa for days.

  5. Bonnie Way says:

    They sure look pretty! My hubby got some little red peppers on sale a little while back and I made stuffed peppers for us. YUMMMY! 🙂

  6. So impressive!!! Those ‘unknown’ peppers are so cute! Is there a reason why you want to leave them on the plant as long as possible? Will they be more spicy?

    • Dani says:

      I like to leave them so they grow as much as possible, and I do think they get a little spicier as they continue to ripen. And they look really cute on the plant!

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