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Preserving Chillies

Chillies ideally need a longer growing season than the UK offers, which means that the supply of fresh chillies is all to short. Some enthusiasts counter this by starting their seedlings under lights in their houses, or overwintering their plants in the hope of an earlier crop the next season. Neither solution is convenient, so for most people preserving the bulk of their crop is a better alternative.

Which vareties you choose to grow, and how you preserve them, is very much a personal choice.

Fortunately chillies can be preserved in a variety of ways, to match any style of cooking. Consider drying, freezing (either raw or char-grilled) and pickling; these will give a range of finished products to use over the long winter months. Personal favourites include frozen char-grilled JalapeƱos, pickled Turkish Peppers and a range of chilli powders.

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