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I don’t have an enormous amount of success in the garden, but my chilli plants are producing chillis by the hundreds. I use them in a lot of foods that I cook, but there’s a limit to how much chilli you can use in a recipe, or indeed to how many different recipes you can use them in. Do any Mums have ideas on other ways that I can use or preserve the chillis? I give a lot away to neighbours, friends and family, but we’ve still got way more than we can use. I hate seeing them go to waste. Thanks in advance for your ideas and advice.

Posted by no1ladydj, 27th May 2014

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  • Lucky you ,l use chilli in pasta,pizza,Mexican meals and anything to give it a kick!

  • I found the easiest, simplest way to store them for me is to freeze them. I just washed them, gave them a quick trim and popped them in a sealed bag

  • You can make a nice chili paste and put them in jars. Also nice to give away as birthday / Christmas presents.

  • I would find a recipe to preserve them in jars with oil.

  • I find that they dry easily and can then be used all year round. Keep some dried seeds to sow when your chilli plants start to die off.

  • Can you freeze them? I’m not sure.

  • Maybe find a recipe to make chilie sauce /paste and then put them in the jar for future use .

  • we have a table at work that everyone puts their extra produce on and people take what they need. my brother makes a wicked chili jam and chili paste with his, and freezes them in jars

  • Chili sauce, sweet chili sauce, chili jam freeze them

  • Have one of our mums posted a chilli sauce/jam recipe? Also dehydrating?

  • I dry them and grind them into flakes and chilli powder. They will last long if you keep them in air tight bottles.

  • Make up a batch of chilli jam, its yummy on hamburgers or chicken burgers, you can give a jar to family members or sell them.

  • Dry it so you can use it anytime you need.

  • Plant them & sell the seedlings?
    Hang them up to dry & then smoosh them into chilli flakes.
    My husband also purees the fresh ones with sweet chilli sauce or vinigar & freezes it into ice cubes (or just by themselves).
    Freeze them fresh.

  • Also; give away as gifts to people.

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