Stone Soup is an ongoing quarantine feature in which I come up with a recipe that uses the impossible thing in your cupboard, without making you go to the store or wasting any of your ingredients. Last time, we caramelized some brassicas.
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Today’s Stone Soup is going to be a little bit different from the others. Wesley says:
My wife and I made Jerk Chicken with a side of peas and rice - which came out quite good! However, as I was purchasing ingredients at our local asian market, I ended up with a plethora of peppers (scotch bonnet and jalapeno) - please see attached picture.
We are looking for suggestions as to how to use up these tasty (but rather spicy) peppers. We have a well-stocked kitchen for most staples and proteins so can make many things - we just need inspiration.
Okay, gang, here’s the thing. I’ve been sitting on this one for ages, because I’m fully stumped. I know how to use, like, one or two peppers at a time in a recipe. I kind of know how to pickle peppers, but pickling scotch bonnets requires a very well-ventilated kitchen and I don’t want anyone filling their home with aerosolized pepper spray by accident. Air-drying is okay, but I’m not sure how well jalapenos take to it, given how fleshy they are — I’d probably wind up turning them into powder for seasoning, which feels like a dull solution for such a gorgeous pepper.
So I’m asking for your help. The comments are open. Who has tips for how Wesley can use up or safely preserve all these peppers?
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