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Sep 15, 2012 11:17 AM

Fresh Ghost Chilies

I have been lovingly growing ghost chilies and they have finally ripened. They really are as hot as wikipedia says they are. I tried one (didn't even swallow) and spent the next 30 minutes seriously considering a trip to the ER. I am no chili-wuss but these are mind-blowing.

Now I have dried ghost chilies already so I don't need more, but I am wondering what on earth to do with the 12 or so that are almost ripe. Apart from make some sort of deadly assault weapon!

Any thoughts?

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  1. Make a chili paste, freeze and use sparingly and accordingly.

    1. I had nearly 3 lbs of fresh ghost chilies from last year's harvest. Gave some away to heat-loving friends, made several batches of ghost jam (combined w/ habaneros), used some in salsa, and created ristras to dry batches more than I gave as gifts w/ a chili cookbook. Still have a few left!

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        1. Oh yes, home made candy with a hidden dollop of chili! Mwa hahah!

          If anyone could point me to the recipes for chili paste or jam that would be tremendous!

          1. If you seeded and removed the veins then toasted them to remove the skin would they still be as hot? I've done that with habaneros and they were delicious with less heat and an almost fruity flavor.