Gary, my next door neighbour is trying to teach me about peppers. He grows all kinds in his garden. I know nothing about peppers. I’m actually afraid to use them. Which one is the hottest? How hot? Will it burn my tongue? Should I take the seeds out before I use them? So much to learn.
This platter was pulled together in preparation for a taste test. I was going to sample them. The peppers have been arranged from the mildest down to the hottest. Hungarian Cherry, Black Jalapeno, a black hybrid, a yellow hybrid, a Cayenne, the short fat red one is called a Marzetti, and the three little ones at the bottom are Thai peppers. I chickened out.
Instead, I plan to dry them, using the same method as what I did with my cherry tomatoes (salt, pepper, garlic and peppers in a low heat oven 150 degrees for approximately 6 hours) After they are dried I will fill a mason jar with olive oil to hold them. I plan to remove the seeds before they go into the oven, but add them back into the mason jar with the olive oil. More goodness for our future sandwiches.
(Next time I write – my lips might be swollen – Homemade Botox) What a woos I am.
Dear Readers: Please forgive my vanity. I will end this blog with more pictures of my garden and its beautiful tomatoes – just because I am so proud to have grown these and you can’t post pictures like this in January.
Such a beautiful bounty for all your efforts, picture perfect. You have done Mother Nature proud, especially during this summer of very little rain. Congratulations!
Beautiful tomatoes. I just realized that I didn’t plant any of these little yellow ones this year. They were my favourites from last year.
I only planted a few varieties of pepper – but my jalapeños are twice as hot this year, possibly because of the lack of rain. Don’t blame you for chicken ing out on the taste test.
Thanks Heidi. Your blog was my inspiration to try this stuff. Yes, I’m all about tomatoes today. I picked a lot because they are calling for rain and I understand that the rain will split ripe tomatoes if they are left on the vine.
Who knew you would learn so much away from work! Such a gardener! Some peppers are hot even to touch. They can burn your skin. I discovered that while adding some hot little numbers to dill pickles a few years ago. Natural botox! You kill me.