“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for home”, is a true saying. So, when we talk about great food there also comes the acknowledgement of the ingredients that makes these delicacies special and scrumptious. During winters people tend to have more cravings to relish something mouth-watering and delectable. And what can be best than adding finely preserved peppers to your dish and savouring its sizzling hot and pungent taste.
Peppers add ultimate flavor in winter’s soups and sauces and brings both taste and dash of color to your meals. So, experts and nutritionists across the world has suggested many ways of preserving peppers during the season of cold and breezing winds. Let’s have a look at the many ways of preserving peppers during winters.
1. Oven-Roasted Peppers
The reason behind roasting peppers is that it not only retains the color, but also intensifies the flavor. All you have to do is cook whole peppers in a hot oven at 450 degrees F for 30 to 45 minutes or until charred. After freezing is done, cool them and then cut into serving size pieces and freeze. To have them ready to add in soup all winter long roast the peppers into chilli.
2. Chopped and Frozen Peppers
To have them ready every time for cooking it is better to simply freeze them. For that you have to wash, clean and chop sweet peppers into conveniently sized pieces and freeze and add them to cooked dishes all winters.
3. Homemade Chili Powder
Making Chili Powder at home can be quite interesting and creative in winters to try. Start with drying peppers in the oven, food dehydrator or hanging. Once the peppers become dry crumble them or pound into a powder with a mortar and pestle.
4. Smoked Peppers
If you love cooking and have a great taste for food, then trying this will be worth your time and experience. It can also add a little extra flavor to your homemade chili powder (if using hot peppers) or paprika (if using sweet peppers), smoke the peppers before drying them. But, the process of smoking may take time and take upto 48 hours to completely dry out a pepper. Start with loading up the smoker and process for the desired amount of time from 3 hours to 48 hours. Completely dry them, crush or powder and then store them in seasoning jars.
So, get set to make your winters a little spicy and hot with these creative and pepper-fied ways to preserve them.