What Do I Do With All These Hot Peppers?!

A vegetable (that’s technically a fruit) that really needs no introduction. Everyone knows about hot peppers, but what do you do when you’ve got a boat load of them? This Recipe Box is going to be packed, because there are just so many things you can do with hot peppers!

Let’s start with some basic ideas to quickly preserve a large bounty.

There are also many other options if you have a bit more time on your hands or are looking for a more unique preserving opportunity.

The most popular thing to do is to make a sauce, and the possibilities are almost endless, so I’m making it a category all by itself.

If you are looking for something on a smaller scale or tonight’s dinner, there are many options.

  • Shake into tonight’s margarita
  • Jalapeno poppers – enjoy tonight or freeze for your next get together
  • Stuffed peppers with a kick! These can also be frozen for a quick weeknight meal
  • So many ways to enjoy with chicken, beef or fish
  • Kick up your salads
  • Chili – make extra to can for later
  • Jalapeno cheddar bread
  • Spicy cornbread
  • Surprise the kids with a spicy hot fudge

Peppers can have many health benefits too, don’t forget to fill your “medicine” cabinet while you are at it.

And don’t forget to save those scraps, it’s amazing what can be done with what most people throw out.

  • Jelly – add to apple scrap jelly for a spicy sweet treat
  • Dry and crush, discarding stems, for crushed red pepper flakes (or grind into a powder)
  • Save the seeds of your favorite peppers to grow next year
  • Add seeds to bird seed mix or in home made suet cakes
  • Or save pepper seeds to surround your garden with a pepper plant barrier that keeps out pests

Once you’ve used all you can, make sure to add scraps to your compost bin to keep your garden producing the bounties that we love to consume in so many different ways!

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