Monday, October 15, 2012

Pick a peck of pepper predicament

We have had batch after batch of peppers this summer. Now that the weather has started to cool just slightly, the peppers have gotten the message to produce like crazy! The pile to the left is just one morning's pickings. Needless to say, I am begging people to take peppers! The Habanero are the small orange ones and they are unbelievably hot! My husband cannot cut into them in the kitchen when I am around or I start choking and my airway closes up immediately. Yes, they are that hot! I have been using them for my garlic fire bug spray but I still have tons and tons leftover. Maybe I should dip them in chocolate and sell them on the internet as a "dare" item! One thing I tell people is that bellpeppers freeze extremely well. You need to remove the stem and seeds and chop them up and freeze in ziplock bags for easy recipe use. If you put just enough in the bag to pat them flat, they are easy to stack and freeze and even easier to remove just what you need for a recipe. Planting Tip: Learn from my mistake...DO NOT place pepper plants near each other or they will cross pollinate and you will have a frankenpepper. I got a few crossed peppers this year. Now, if you like weird peppers, then go for it. I like to get what I planted, so I will be careful to separate them next year.

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