No, I didn’t get fired, and my water consumption is good, but I made ya look, right?
Our pepper plants are putting out more than the corner hooker this year.
I scored a fantastic canning pot on Friday and went to work putting up five more half-pints of pickled jalapeños and three pints of hot bananas. I wanted to review the recipe I used and mentioned last weekend, so I cracked one of last week’s jars of the mixed, and holy crap, y’all! Those are some really flavorful peppers. While they are on the soft side, they held their heat, and the vinegar/salt/oregano brine compliments the peppers’ flavor beautifully!
Note to self: use the alum and rinse next batch.
Because I still had quite a few hot bananas left, I got a little motivated today and sliced them length-wise, leaving some seeds, and threw them onto two dehydrator racks at 125 degrees Farenheit. Theoretically, I should be able to make dried pepper flakes out of these. Usually people use cayenne for these, but I didn’t even THINK about dried pepper flakes when we planted this spring, so I figured, why not? If they suck? It wasn’t a total waste. We can call it a learning experience. I don’t think I could have eaten that many more peppers fresh, so it won’t be a total waste, but I am hoping they will turn out alright. I’m thinking I can use them in marinades, salad dressings, Mexican dishes, etc. anywhere a little heat might be needed.
I am posting this from my tablet, using the mobile app, so I apologize in advance for how the layout is going to probably be wonky, but better a wonky post than no post at all, right?
What do you all do with a surplus of homegrown stuff?
Until next time…