Preserving your chili peppers is important if you want to keep them longer. It is impossible to keep your chili peppers fresh forever. It is just the nature of chili peppers and any natural food! They will eventually rot and spoil if you don't preserve them in some way. One way is to preserve your peppers in olive oil. The peppers won't keep as long as other methods, unless you freeze them, though they will last a few weeks at least, giving you plenty of time to enjoy them. If you're a crazy chili pepper lover like we are, they won't last that long anyway. You'll probably gobble them down.
It is important to roast the peppers first. There is so much more flavor in a roasted chili pepper. The method below is a basic method for preserving peppers in oil, but you can easily vary it up by adding new flavors and ingredients. Garlic is a favorite, as are certain herbs and seasonings. Salt and pepper are standards as well, though consider other chili powders, rosemary, basil, cumin, Cajun or Creole blends. Consider your favorite flavors.
Preserving Chili Peppers In Olive Oil
- Clean your peppers thoroughly and dry. Slice them in half lengthwise.
- Roast the peppers in a broiler or on a grill over medium heat until the skins are bubbly and blackened. For other methods, see How to Roast Chili Peppers. Be sure not to overcook. Remove and allow to cool. You can also place them into paper bags and allow them to steam to help loosen the skins.
- Skin the peppers and remove the seeds and innards, if desired, though bear in mind most of the heat in within the innards.
- Cut the flesh into thick strips.
- Add the roasted pepper strips to a cleaned, sterilized jar. Pour in enough olive oil to cover, then cover with a tightened lid. Be sure to make airtight.
- Refrigerate immediately.
This method of preservations should keep your chili peppers for a couple weeks or longer, up to 3 months. If you'd like to keep them for around a year, freeze them instead in proper freezing containers, like thick plastic bags. Enjoy!
Here is recipe you can review: Roasted Peppers in Garlic Olive Oil.
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