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DavidW



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Could i dry them in an airing cupboard.?

David

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44634
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

An airing cupboard would be great, may not redden as well as in sunlight though, and I'd still prick them just to make sure, it's a real bummer to find all your chillis are mouldy inside...

chrissy



Joined: 20 Feb 2005
Posts: 238
Location: Pangbourne
PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

DavidW wrote:
Could i dry them in an airing cupboard.?

David


That's what I do David. I put them in a roomy cotton pillowcase and tie it up and hang it next to the hot water tank. Every day give it a little shake to move them around. When completely dry I grind them up and store in a jar.

I tried the threading thing, and although they do look lovely, went quite dusty and (in my kitchen a bit greasy too) so I didn't fancy using them.

We're growing Bolivian Rainbow for the first time this year.

Rachel



Joined: 26 Aug 2005
Posts: 27
Location: Northampton
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 05 12:43 pm    Post subject: Another chilli preservation idea Reply with quote
    

I freeze my excess chillies! Just make sure they are clean and dry then spread them out on a tray and open freeze them. When they are solid transfer them to bags and use them as fresh whenever you want one. I find they are easy to cut and less juice gets on your fingers during preparation, so avoiding the 'chilli in the eye' syndrome (or is that just me?). I find dried chillies can taste bitter sometimes but this method keeps the fresh flavour.

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 05 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have only experienced *chilli in the eye* once - once is enough

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 05 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've experienced chilli in the privates once, all you blokes out there: make sure you go for a wee before you start processing chillis

Res



Joined: 07 Apr 2005
Posts: 1172
Location: Allotment Shed, Harlow
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 05 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Silly Billy Tahir, ouch oh

I did the chile in the eye the other day and have to say, I was not amused, so I dread to think what you did after the sudden realisasion. Run run the garden, shut your bits in the fridge?

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
Posts: 5888
Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 05 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How come I never saw this thread till now!!!

Tahir, re the overwintering chillis, do the plants need any pruning at all?

Res



Joined: 07 Apr 2005
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Location: Allotment Shed, Harlow
PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 05 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have been picking a select few of my red chiles but I,m not sure about the green ones. How do you know when they are ripe?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 05 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nettie wrote:
Tahir, re the overwintering chillis, do the plants need any pruning at all?


Mum's never pruned hers, I reckon the Nepalese Yellow will be fine without pruning but if you're going to keep Thai Hot Dragon then I might prune it now (I'm going to try doing that)

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44634
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 05 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Res wrote:
I have been picking a select few of my red chiles but I,m not sure about the green ones. How do you know when they are ripe?


Where've you been mate? Like the new av.

The best way to see if they're ripe is to bite one, if it's hot it's ripe. If you don't want to bite it then just make sure that it looks and feels like it's got plenty of seeds inside.

Res



Joined: 07 Apr 2005
Posts: 1172
Location: Allotment Shed, Harlow
PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 05 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks mate, I had visons of leaving them until one when bad or fell off to see how big they get!!?

Me av's a 9.5lb marrow I picked yesterday off my plot and I'm looking forward to roasting that beast!!

I have got soo behind in my work, I've had to try and do some catching up, but thats just the way this place goes, I never get to catch up, because the goalposts are constantly moving, if you know what I mean.

Hows things with you?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44634
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 05 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Res wrote:
Hows things with you?


Can't complain, apart from the plum tree in my av is dying of bacterial canker

Res



Joined: 07 Apr 2005
Posts: 1172
Location: Allotment Shed, Harlow
PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 05 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That sounds nasty. Not contagious is it?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44634
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 05 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yup, the others have got it too but look like they'll survive. I was a bit lax early in the year, just didn't give them enough care and attention, that's the problem with trained trees ob dwarfing rootstocks you can't mess 'em about.

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