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Sep 17, 2009 03:37 PM

Drying (or freezing) Jalapeño Peppers--any tips?

I've got some jalapeño peppers that I would like to dry (won't have much opportunity to cook them fresh in the next couple of weeks). I've read that I can simply thread them together and hang them up to dry, which is what I do with my cayennes. Has anyone done this before? If so, how did it turn out?

Also, any tips for freezing these babies? Do I need to seed and devein them or can I freeze them whole? What is the texture like after thawing?

Many thanks in advance!

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  1. Ah, you might have a relative of the prolific jalapeno plant from my old garden! I dealt with one bumper crop by freezing them whole, double-bagged (or wrapped + bagged). They thawed enough to cut up when they were back at room temp for a few minutes. The texture was fine - at least I don't remember any bizarre texture issues.

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    1. re: truman

      Good to know--thanks! My plant isn't particularly prolific, just producing at an inopportune time for me. I will say, these are the largest I've ever grown.