Whoo whee! Our CSA has been so deliciously spectacular this year that, even though we're cooking up our organic yummies every night, we've found ourselves with an abundance of hot peppers!
What to do? What to do?
|Long green jalapeños- Short spicy habaneros- Super long cayenne|
Now those close to me know that I am just bazonko for spicy foods, a little (cough- a LOT) addicted to Sriracha hot sauce, and (because I just never learn) always up for a hot pepper eating challenge. SO, what better way to ring in the season than with a good sinus cleanse?!?
My hub had a really interesting idea to kick off our weekend. It was time to dry some peppas, baby! (And, yeah...maybe we had an impromptu raw pepper eating contest in our kitchen. Just maybe.)
Anyway, after donning gloves to do the ole' chopptiy choppin', we laid the assortment of jalapeño, habanero and cayenne pepper slices on the racks of our dehydrator.
|Space out peppers on dehydrator rack|
|They sure are purdy, aren't they? We added a few, milder, banana peppers for color.|
|Toss dried peppers into a mortar to grind.|
|Use pestle to grind down to desired size.|
|Store pepper flakes in an air-tight jar.|
|Homemade crushed peppers add gorgeous color and pizazz to many dishes!|
And, for the record, we did get batty and sampled all of these peppers before dehydrating. If you, too, catch a bit of crazy in the kitchen, here's our tolerance scale.
Getting Serious- A 1/4 inch slice of raw jalapeño pepper began to burn. Expect, squinting, eye-watering and fairly intense burning sensation in mouth.
Oh Man- One half of a 1/4 inch slice of raw cayenne produced some sneak-up-on-ya heat in the mouth and down the ole' gullet. You know- expect futile attempts to blow out heat, eye bulging, a little sweating. It's kind of a problem.
The Potential Night Ruiner- We got wise once we'd worked our way up to the mighty habanero and nipped just the teensiest bite, about the size of a Tic Tac. Eat any more than that and expect tongue scraping, face melting, rip roaring cursing and fetal position rocking. Just don't.
*Consume raw, hot peppers at your own risk. Some hurt. A lot.
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours