I conserve the seeds from only the greatest, finest and ripest specimens. I hand pick (not by maker) and extract these seeds myself.
Drying, Pickling and Freezing Tips
Enjoy your hot peppers whenever of the year.
String hot peppers through stem with a stitching needle thread or fishing string. Then hang in a warm window. That’s it. Or simpler still, simply put hot peppers on a plate in a dry bright location. Thin skinned varieties dry the very best.
Blanch your peppers in boiled water for about a minute. Include spices to taste – sea salt, onion powder, tumeric, 1/4 of fresh lime. Add peppers and seal.
Wash completely and let dry. Cut off stem and leave the seeds in.
ROAST ‘EM AND CRUSH ‘EM:
Make your own gourmet crushed hot peppers. Put dried hot peppers into oven in pan or on tin foil. Roast about 5 minutes or up until simply beginning to darken.
How Hot Is Hot?
Hot is rather subjective, but here’s a suggestion to turn the warm up or down. For optimum hotness, consume the whole pepper with seeds and pulp. This where the most capsaicin is, the component that offers hot peppers their heat. To cool down your peppers, choice prior to red ripe and eliminate seeds and pulp.
Leading 10 Hottest Peppers:
Carolina Reaper, 2,200,000 SHU
Moruga Trinidad Scorpion 2,009,000 SHU
7 Pot Douglah 1,854,000 SHU
Primo 1,469,000 SHU
Butch T Trinidad Scorpion, 1,464,000 SHU
Naga Viper, 1,349,000 SHU
Ghost, 1,042,000 SHU
7 Pot Barrackpore, 1,000,000 SHU
7 Pot Red Giant, 1,000,000 SHU
Red Savina Habanero, 500,000 SHU
Extend Your Season Longer/Overwintering
The majority of people don’t know you can prune pepper plants. About six weeks prior to the very first frost, snip back top branches and flowers. The plant strength will go to existing peppers, not new growth, and remaining peppers will mature faster.
Also, just before the very first freeze, pull whole plant and hang upside down in a dry, airy location. A garage or basement is ideal. Green peppers will ripen right on the plant. This is an excellent idea for shorter season garden enthusiasts.