Writer: Tom Myrick
Almost every vegetable garden has them – hot peppers. So, what to with these fiery capsica (aka peppers)? Try freezing, roasting and blending with a sauce, pickling or canning, at the Veggie-Bed we chose drying them.
Having gobs of cowhorn peppers (Capsicum annuum , Plant variety -Cowhorn Pepper), drying sounded like a good option. “The cowhorn is often referred to as a cayenne-like pepper or as a variety of cayenne. The cayenne, too, is sometimes called cowhorn. Sure, they share a similar tapering shape and coloring (maturing from green to a bold red), but they are related only as much as they come from the same family of chilies, annuum” (pepperscale.com) .
“There are many different ways to prepare and preserve them. One of the easiest and fastest ways to do this for future use is to dry the hot peppers with a string. In only a few minutes, you can quickly string up your peppers and then leave them to dry in a sunny window” (leaf.tv) . “Drying chili peppers is a great way to store them for the long term. You don’t want to waste any of those chili peppers picked from that huge harvest this year” (chilipeppermadness.com) .
Using a needle and fishing line, the cowhorns were stung together and hung in a window with direct sunlight. After several weeks, they started to dry. Upon taste testing some of the ground pepper my mouth felt like I had eaten a hot coal, sweat broke-out on my forehead, eyes teared-up, and nose started running – leaving me running for glass of milk!
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