Sunday, 17 October 2010

Pickled Chilli recipe

I popped into Homebase on Friday and found three chilli plants heavy with fruit for 20p each, well you just can't let a bargain like that go. So I plan to make some pickled chillies and found a Jamie Oliver recipe. I planted up two of the plants into pots and have put them in the dining room where its south facing. Hopefully I can continue to get chillies, who knows. The other one has been striped of its chillies and planted outside for now.

600g/1lb 5oz medium green chillies
15 black peppercorns
5 bay leaves (fresh from my garden)
3 tablespoons coriander seeds
5 teaspoons salt
6 heaped tablespoons caster sugar
1 litre/1¾ pints white wine vinegar or rice vinegar

For this recipe you must use perfect green chillies without any blemishes (you can use red chillies, but they will be slightly hotter).

Carefully score from the stalk end to the tip on one side only and remove the seeds (use the handle of a teaspoon for this). Pour boiling water over the chillies, let them sit for 5 minutes, then drain. This will get rid of most of the seeds left behind.

Next put the black peppercorns, bay leaves, coriander, chillies and salt into a large jar, or other airtight container. Put the sugar and the vinegar into a pan and heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. When this is quite hot, but not boiling, pour it into the jar with the chillies. Allow to cool down and then put the lid on.

Put in the fridge and leave for a minimum of two weeks before using. They will keep in the fridge for at least four months.


Carolyn said...

Think the one you planted outside will succumb to frost - don't think they are hardy.

eight by six said...

Guess it will have to be moved. Do you think the ones inside will produce fruit again?

Jo said...

I've got loads of chilies on my one plant but we don't use them so I will give them away.

Jagruti said...

I was thinking to buy chilli palnt from Homebase.though let me first check reviews, and found your blog. 20 p wow...:)
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