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Seeking hot pepper advice

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I ended up with a bumper crop of hot peppers this season. And so did my dad. In fact, my dad got even more than I did. I think at least 50 habaneros came off one plant. I’m not exaggerating. It’s not like we could slice them all up into salads or stir fries, so our first solution was to make a hot pepper jelly.

I picked up a great special canning issue put out by Better Homes and Gardens magazine that featured this Habanero-Mint Jelly recipe and took it to my parents’ house two weekends ago so my dad and I could make it together. However, the recipe only called for three habaneros. The main image of this post gives you an idea of how many peppers my dad had picked – and at that point there were still more on the plant! That’s a whole lot of hot sauce. So what do we do with the rest of them? We’re both going to dehydrate a bunch of peppers in the oven to make hot pepper flakes. But, I was wondering what other green thumbs do with their hot peppers!

Habanero-Mint Jelly

Habanero-Mint Jelly, fresh out of the canner!

By the way, the habanero-mint jelly is delicious on sausages, salmon and just this past weekend, we spooned little dollops on top of crackers with goat cheese. Delish!







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6 Responses to Seeking hot pepper advice

  1. Sean says:

    I pack my extra peppers in jars of salt, that way I can have the occasional pepper to add throughout the year. It also creates a delicious pepper scented finishing salt that doesn’t seem to pick up the heat!

  2. Jen says:

    – I made a hot pepper/cranberry sauce for the holidays.
    – Froze some whole in freezer bags for winter cooking.
    – Bottled and picked some for use in sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, etc.

    Loving the heat to carry us through winter!

  3. Pam says:

    I grow a variety of hot peppers and dehydrate them. Then I use them the following year as bug spray – sometimes with garlic, neem oil and dish soap. Very effective on most any bug in both my 3-4 thousand foot gardens. By the way, I am also over 70 and didn’t start gardening until I was 68 – after retiring for the second time.

    • Tara Nolan says:

      Hi Pam, thank you so much for the recommendation. I need to invest in a dehydrator. It’s been on my list for awhile. And I love that you’ve gotten into gardening!

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