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Jalapeno Peppers

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So you want to make a ristra out of your surplus jalapeƱos. It's worth a try, but I think jalapeƱos aren't usually used for them. I typed "make a ristra" into Google and came up with a number of pages that offer step-by-step instructions.

Under "What Kind of Chiles to Use," one of the sites said: "The red ones with the thin walls! And you'll want to avoid the green chiles; Gloria says they can become moldy. Wait about a week after harvest before weaving a chile into a ristra. This allows the stem to dry which makes it easier to tie."

Here are two of the links I found:

http://www.rebeccasgarden.com/howto/items/...lies_intro.html

http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Island...ristrapage.html

Come back after you've made your ristra and let us know how it turned out.

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Sell them! Also, you might try dehydrating the jalapenos in a food dehydrator or the oven. If they're good and dry, they shouldn't mold. I would either pickle them or cook in a small amount of water until tender and then puree them. The puree could then be frozen for future use in salsas or other recipes.

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NWilder

Maybe you can use your jalapeno surplus to make a mountain of nachos. You'll become a hometown hit.

Steve

mmmm black bean nachos :D

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I would smoke them on your smoker the next time you do a brisket or ribs or whatever. Then I would make an adobo sauce and "can" them in the adobo. Then you can have chipoltles to make bar-b-que sauce, or marinade some pork steaks for your next fajita party. Need I go on?? Never waste a good jalapeno!!!

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