What becomes of the surplus harvest?
Posted 17 June 2018 - 10:08 AM
Seriously, though. I'm obviously not talking about the A.J. Drew's among us, but the others with a decent number of plants.
When you realize you have far too many to use, even if you freeze, dry or powder them... What do you guys do? Give them to friends? Sell them to a local farmer's market?
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 10:10 AM
Once dehydrated I have never come across a problem of too much, unless you have a farms worth. Dont know any locals that like heat.
Posted 17 June 2018 - 11:27 AM
Posted 17 June 2018 - 11:27 AM
You would be amazed how happy a restaurant owner can be if you bring him fresh peppers he cant normally find. One year i had a stellar weekend fishing for white bass and our limits are generous. I took what i could not use right way and gave it to one of my favorite Chinese restaurants. He made me a meal i could not have imagined. From then on i got to sample a huge variety of authentic dishes.
I cant wait to see the expression from the owner of my favorite Indian place when i bring him some peppers. This place dont skimp on the spice because many people from India live nearby.
Posted 17 June 2018 - 11:31 AM
Edited by Ghaleon, 17 June 2018 - 11:35 AM.
Posted 17 June 2018 - 11:45 AM
The place i go to makes a goat curry that is almost too hot for me to eat. Ive got a Thai place that the Tom Yum is pure agony if you ask for it. Now, its not something that will likely end up on the menu but im sure this Indian place does "special requests" for certain people such as friends. I know the 2 Indian markets nearby dont sell Bhuts or Nagas. Im sure because ive looked and asked
Someone will end up eating a nice plate of seriously painful curry but its not going to be me.
Posted 17 June 2018 - 10:50 PM
Every year so far most of my surplus has been pickled. I actually love pickling! There is a lot of freedom for experimentation. Also a great way to include all the various other fruits, veggies, and herbs in the garden.
This year I plan to make a lot of spicy guacamole. Same deal with pairing other plants from the garden to make it.
For the first time this year I also really hope to have a enough to make a bunch of boxes to send to friends.
Posted 18 June 2018 - 12:35 AM
I make sauces and powders and have too much in the freezer vacuum sealed. Love to ferment mine for sauce as well. I also sell a small amount and give a few boxes away to friends thru the mail. Last year i dried a whole gallon of Aji types and thai types and haven't done much with them.
Posted 22 June 2018 - 03:52 PM
Props if ya get the song reference
Red Hot Chili Peppers?
Posted 22 June 2018 - 06:02 PM
Use a couple in each meal and make powders otherwise. Sell if you have too much.
Posted 23 June 2018 - 07:27 AM
I can tell you I have done is the following season grow fewer peppers and the types you will consume and make sauces and powders that you will use and consume. I've gone from growing 100 plants half which were super hots down to 25 plants with only 1 or 2 super hots. I'm counting red savinas this year as super hots.
I grow not for more flavor and mid range heat ( Carribbean Reds, Bonnets) and less with the majority being Baccatums.
Posted 23 June 2018 - 07:50 AM
You would be amazed how happy a restaurant owner can be if you bring him fresh peppers he cant normally find.
That goes for anything else in your garden that is surplus, too. There's a highly regarded string of vegetable-centric "farm to table" restaurants in the area that is fond of handing out $50 gift cards when I show up with eggplants, beans, anything, really, once even a grocery bag of basil.
Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it. Robert Heinlein
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