How to preserve jalapeno peppers

How to preserve jalapeno peppers is for all those who grow these little devils.

I suppose you could also purchase in a couple of pounds when there's a glut and they're cheap, but they are so easy to grow and make a magnificent show in any front garden with their bright red colour; why would you buy them unless you lived in an apartment?

By Bernard Preston

Jalapenos peppers are a delight to the eyes in any garden.

This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 6th April, 2019.

Having said that, how to preserve jalapeno peppers is important for those who like it hot; there will not be any fruit in that front garden until around midsummer.

In the spring, once there is some heat in the air, I take a few dry pods from last year, slit them open and press the seeds into a shallow drill about a metre long; within a few weeks you will have hundreds of tiny plants.

Water them regularly and when the fourth leaf appears, or later because it is not critical, plant out the seedlings about a foot apart. Just one prolific jalapeno in fact will probably provide all you need, but I like at least half a dozen; they are so pretty.

Plant some in the front garden too in full sun. You will certainly find your guests asking about them. They are very hardy and require little attention unless it is particularly dry; when the fruit starts to appear you will need to support the branches with little forked sticks. It will grow to about two or three feet high.

Just because we have many compost piles dotted about, we use ample humus and worm leachate with everything we sow, and so the jalapeno plants get it too. It makes them stronger and more prolific, but you do not need to if you are not a crazy enthusiast; they will still bear much fruit. 

The problem comes when winter arrives and suddenly you're faced with no jalapenos for six months; in our mild climate we can go on reaping through the cold period if the frosts aren't too heavy, but come Spring they are wrinkled, soft and unpleasant.

We are reliant on a plentiful supply of the chili in particular for our eggs Florentine and hummus that are enjoyed virtually every day; barbecued jalapeno chicken recipes are kept for the weekends.

Many of the foods like chickpeas and spinach important for our vitality are lacking in startling flavour; enter these jalapeno recipes. A little of the piquant taste makes them adorable. Astonishing as it may seem, breakfasts and lunch with Dr and Mrs Preston are much sought after it; because their meals always provide something different. 

Eggs Florentine on low GI bread, and hummus with a little slither of jalapeno means you too can benefit from otherwise boring greens.

How to preserve a bucketful of peppadews.

Peppadews are slightly less fiery than jalapenos, yet still give the spicy taste we love to food. Freezing them is the best way to preserve them too.

How to preserve jalapeno peppers

How to preserve jalapenos peppers so you can enjoy them year round.

How to preserve jalapeno peppers to give you year round anti inflammatory protection, and easily add a bit of spice to otherwise bland food.

Our motto is slow food, made fast; we simply don't have the time to spend long hours in the kitchen.

But we do have high demands from our meals; they must be extraordinarily full of goodness and very tasty.

The handsome jalapeno plant helps provide all of that in the summer months; but alas in Spring we have problems.

There's a very simple solution; pick the abundant fruit when it is in its prime, wash it, chop the pods into edible slithers and freeze them. Nothing could be easier; store them in a large packet with a rubber band.

If you like it hot, add several slithers; mild as in eggs Florentine which uses just one. Even our grandson, aged three enjoys his 'brekkit' with us. Can you imagine a small boy having spinach for breakfast and asking for more?

Jalapeno benefits abound, but in particular it's the capsaicin, found mainly in the white placenta and the seeds that make chilis surprisingly a strong anti-inflammatory food.

Talk to doctors everywhere; the Western world is highly inflamed. Vascular surgeons report that the inner lining, the intima, of blood vessels is becoming ever more angry.

Medical doctors are dishing out more anti-inflammatory pills than ever.

As chiropractors we are finding painful, inflamed muscles and joints that are resistant to treatment.

Gastroenterologists will tell you of conditions like painful Crohn's disease where it's so hot in the intestine that the inner lining sloughs off in bleeding chunks. Understanding the meaning of gluten and how the use of sourdough enables even many Coeliacs to enjoy bread will be interesting if you suffer from one of these inflammatory bowel conditions.

It's vitally important that we begin to enjoy anti-inflammatory foods like jalapenos peppers and extra virgin olive oil on a daily basis.

Of course it's little use knowing how to preserve jalapeno peppers if you are clueless about how to grow chilli; they are one of the simpler plants to rear in any garden, but they do take a long time to turn red; start them early in the spring.

Authentic hummus recipe

We add a slice of jalapeno pepper to our basic authentic hummus recipe to give it some spice.

This authentic hummus recipe you can literally rustle up in five minutes; I know because I make a large tub at least twice a week. During the late winter and Spring months I'm reliant on knowing how to preserve jalapeno peppers. It's all so simple and healthful.

Omitted from the photograph above is the cumin.

I say five minutes to make our famous authentic hummus recipe, but it's dependent on two factors.

  1. Once in every so many months, roasting some cumin seeds, grinding them and then storing the powder in the fridge under olive oil; it takes all of five to ten minutes.
  2. Soaking, pressure cooking and freezing a couple pounds of dried chickpeas; that will make you ten large tubs of hummus. The actual work time is about twenty minutes, perhaps half an hour. Solar pressure cooking.
What is cumin?

A honey sandwich on the side of salad including peppers with peppers makes for a delicious lunch.

Hummus really makes a divine salad that some would find dull very uninteresting; just dribble olive oil and a squeeze of lime juice, half a round of feta cheese and a sandwich made with low GI bread and you have food fit to take you safely to the nineties; with all your marbles intact.  Fresh tomato recipes are our favourite with a few slithers of a jalapeno pepper.

Making low GI bread using 100% whole wheat flour also takes me five minutes; I do it every day. Dinkum; including grinding the wheat. Like I said, slow food made fast. Bread and jalapeno peppers, with cheese make a winner for lunch.

The Hawo wheat grinder is only for those who are serious about their soup, salad with peppers like jalapenos and a sandwich.
Healthy flour is only to be had if you have a wheat mill.

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Green chili sauce recipe

This green chili sauce recipe can be enjoyed year round if you know how to preserve jalapeno peppers; whilst one can pickle and use other techniques, freezing them is so quick and easy.

Freezing chillies is the easiest way to preserve jalapenos peppers.

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