OK. You've managed to grow a successful crop of chillies for yourself but now you have a problem. Well, not really a problem; more a challenge.
What can I do to preserve my chillies so that I can use them all year round ?
Fortunately people have been faced with this problem for thousands of years. As a result there are a number of solutions that you can use. Some of them ancient, some of them quite modern.
The next few pages will examine in a reasonable amount of detail what options are available to you and which ones work best for the different varieties.
However, before you start, there are a few basics that I need to cover to help you get the most out of your garden and the harvested fruit.
The first technique we will look at is drying, of which there are 3 variations;
The next technique is the simple one of freezing your chillies. While there is certainly nothing complex about this process, there are a couple of tips that will help you get the most out of it.
Then I'll go through the process of pickling your chillies which leads nicely into the next subject.
Finally, we take a good look at your chillies in glass jars. There are other names for this process such as canning, jarring, and water-bath canning. I'm old enough to remember my grandparents, and even my Mum, using the old Fowlers Vacola preserving kit to bottle all sorts of fruit and vegetables. I've even dabbled with this myself and can therefore talk about it with a fair degree of confidence.