Pods That Survived Katrina

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Dave,I have a question that I can’t seem to get a straight answer on. I spend most of my time at my home in New Orleans and grow jalapeno, cayenne and Scotch bonnet peppers. I’ve had a lot of success growing them in number of terra cotta pots, but the hurricane did a real number on my plants. By some …

Candied Peppers?

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Hi Dave:Great story on Parma–I have to say that I was totally intrigued by the thought of a "candied" pepper. ( I am especially fond of sweet-hot flavors.) Have you guys ever come across a recipe for something similar? Thanks,CarolynHello Carolyn:Chile peppers are fruits, so use any recipe in say, Joy of Cooking, for candied fruits, and that should work. …

Shelf Life

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Dave,For the past year I have been experimenting with two recipes: 1) dried chiles, dried herbs, salt, water, very small amounts of vinegar and 2) same ingredients, but including fresh, roasted chiles. I have been receiving requests (and cash orders!) from family and friends for my hot sauces, but I am afraid that they may not eat the sauce as …

Conversion from Jalapenos to Habaneros

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Q: How many jalapenos does it take to equal the heat content one habanerno pepper? I make jalapeno jam was thinking about using habanerno peppers instead but didn’t know how many to use. Every jar I make has around one full jalapeno pepper in it. I use 12 jalapenos in my jam which makes about twelve jars. Thanks and have …

Paste Substitutes for Powder

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Q: Hi Dave,Great Site!! For use in chile dishes, can paste be substituted for dried (ground or rehydrated) chiles? Or is paste an inferior substitute for dried or fresh chiles? I’m specifically thinking of ancho and chipotle pastes. What about ratios? 1 tsp of ground chile = 2 tsp paste??? Thanks.Ross ElliotA. Hello Ross:Paste is an excellent substitute for fresh …