Jump to content



Member Since 06 Aug 2017
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 04:05 PM

#1576013 Do You Use Parts of a Sunscalded Pepper in Ferments or Sauces?

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on Yesterday, 03:05 PM

I usually use the undamaged parts for fresh cooking.  I guess if you are going to cut and mash or blend up peppers anyway, it should not matter.

#1576011 Harvest

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on Yesterday, 03:02 PM

I am a small-scale recreational grower.  We finally had some hot drier days, so ripening was on the increase while things dry out.



Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0943.jpg

#1574442 Habanada

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 09 August 2018 - 06:31 PM

I believe the Ahi Dulce (Ahi #2) is the pumpkin-shaped version of a sweet hab.  I am tying to start some, as my wife's family is from Venezuela, and they love those. 

#1574402 What was the last spicy meal you cooked?

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 09 August 2018 - 03:30 PM

I need to stop reading this thread right before dinner.....Because it all looks so AWESOME! :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

#1573682 When to harvest? Red habaneros

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 06 August 2018 - 02:55 PM

So referring to one of the posters who mentioned that frozen when ripe and fresh pods not so good for fermentation-is that truly the case? I was hoping not but if that's the case I guess I better read up on a handy fermenting method for hot/habs/superhots so as to not waste any of my harvest as I definitely wanted to try some fermentation along with all the other processing methods and my preservation thread I was told by salsalady that it would be wise to freeze some while I figure out what to do with them.. Got my new dehydrator and loving it so far!

Sent from my XT1565 using Tapatalk


Curious on this as well.  I have a gallon bag of freshly-frozen reds that I was planning to thaw and then mash and ferment.  They seem to thaw in a nice fresh state.  I rigged up a 1/2-gallon fermenting jar this weekend.  I have no way to accumulate that many fresh peppers in one sitting (5 mature plants currently), so I am picking and freezing daily.

#1572538 Plant turning light green.... help!

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 01 August 2018 - 03:20 PM

You could try some epsom salts (Mg), in a solution with a spray to the leaves, or to the pots directly.  don't over-water though.  Things don't look too dire.

#1572493 Are these really Aji Dulce?

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 01 August 2018 - 10:32 AM

Aji Dulce just means Sweet Pepper. Ive seen several phenos of them. CCN for example lists 3. Some look similar to habs and some look similar to bonnets. Mine look like bumpy little bonnets.


My experience as well.  Those look pretty plump....and tasty.

#1572390 Buncha Malarky 2018 edition

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 31 July 2018 - 05:48 PM

Man, those look terrific!

#1572383 When to harvest? Red habaneros

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 31 July 2018 - 05:38 PM

Thanks also The_NorthEast_ChileMan!


Good point regarding purpose, and in a way why I asked. So far I've been picking the other varieties when ready and then freezing. Not perfect for a ferment, but should be good for a cooked hot sauce. And of course general cooking duties.

I'm unlikely to make a fermented sauce out of the red habs - I already have a good couple of jars of such, with chillies sourced from a commercial grower. A jam sounds interesting - I have about 10 peppers ready for picking.


BTW - do you have any particular advice for how to get so many fruits on your vines?


Your climate will vary, and be different that mine, and others.  My experience here has been that the plants will not produce until they get to a certain size (12-16 inches in height).  Then they will start producing flowers, but many of them will drop.  Then, at some point after much prayer and repentance, the flowers will not drop, but become pods, and develop into beautiful peppers.  In my region, this seems to happen with much fruiting in the fall, when temperatures and precipitation mellow out.  Right now, it is the storm season, and week to week is a gamble.  Last November and December, I was harvesting a bunch of peppers.  This past two months, I have harvested a couple of gallons, just freezing them as I go along.  At some point, we will have to over-winter things and make a bunch of powders and/or sauce. 

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0773.jpg

#1572380 When to harvest? Red habaneros

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 31 July 2018 - 05:28 PM



Sorry, having PC issues posting pics.  Will get back on that. 

Attached Thumbnails

  • 20171221_164318.jpg

#1572376 When to harvest? Red habaneros

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 31 July 2018 - 05:25 PM

I have picked several ones that are fully orange and transitioning to red, and the continue to ripen up while resting indoors on the " Plate of Glory".  This has also been the case with Red Bhuts and others.  You may not have success if you pick them too green, but then just make a green sauce :dance:.

#1571137 Chorizo's 2018 GLOG

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 26 July 2018 - 05:53 PM

Here are some pics of the peppers I am stockpiling in the freezer.  Gallon freezer bags. 

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0774.jpg
  • IMG_0773.jpg

#1571105 Harvest

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 26 July 2018 - 03:05 PM

Yes, I have the same plant. 

Some Thai Hot Ornamental pods

I realized I hadn't really harvested anything besides the odd one while out with the plants so I grabbed the ripe ones. I've never grown them before (got this as a plant from Ace), but they go green - brown - red. Anyone know if this is normal?


#1570599 first time dehydrating and making powder

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 23 July 2018 - 06:54 PM

Mason jars and blenders...a perfect conspiracy. :onfire:

#1569870 first time dehydrating and making powder

Posted by Chorizo857_62J on 20 July 2018 - 04:07 PM

When doing a smoked pepper powder, I will generally remove the seeds.  Then dry them thoroughly on the dehydrator, and then either do a coarse "crush" with a food processor or blender, or do a fine ground with a coffee grinder.  Have had great results.  Does tend to gas out the house though, so maybe on a day off when the wife is at work.  And wear proper protective gear and exercise good hygiene habits, or prepare for PAIN.