Preserving Jalapenos for Later Smoking

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Dave:I have been growing jalapenos to smoke for cooking later. While I have several peppers on my plants now, there is not enough to justify firing up the smoker. My plants have definitely slowed down production because of the peppers already on them. Is there a way I can harvest and store the peppers for 3-4 weeks until I (hopefully) …

Bugs in My Ristra

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Dear Dave,I had a chili ristras in my house and it got these yellow worms in it, so I threw it out. Now there are these flying bugs! I am very concerned! Can you tell me what are they, are they harmful, and how can I get rid of them for good? Thank you,Bug ScaredHello Bug:There are several species of …

Capsaicin Intolerance

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Hi Dave,I am a chili pepper lover since a very young age (San Diegan). The hotter the better. I used to win money from the boys in high school for eating the hottest chilis. Chili Bliss. When I hit age 40, I became unable to tolerate chilis. It took me a long time to figure out, but with the help …

Hot Table Gifts for a Wedding in South Africa

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Hi Dave,I am getting married in April and I am wanting to make our own chili sauce and bottle it as our table gift. I am only concerned on how long it will last in the bottle if not kept in the fridge. Will there have to be a preservative added? Also, we will want to put a cork in …

Worms Are Eating My Ristras!

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Dear Dave,I just moved into a new home and had my chile ristras in the closet. It took my two months before I remembered them and now there are small yellow worms everywhere. What kind of problem am I facing? Thanks, PamHello Pam:Those yellow worms are caterpillars and will soon become moths. I would throw the ristras out.Dave