Thursday, September 15, 2011

Carmen Peppers

 Carmen Peppers

Just in case I haven't made it clear to everyone, Carmens are my favorite peppers. I've raised Carmens from seed for the past few years. I still plant jalapenos, poblanos, Anaheims, and cayenne, but if I could only take one pepper plant to a desert island, it would be Carmens. They're huge, sweet, and prolific. I've had more than one plant that's produced 25+ peppers!

Peppers sliced and ready to be dehydrated

The amazing but simple Nesco dehydrator
All the shelves simply stack beneath the lid which contains the heating element

Pepper Threads

About 18 hours later... and yes, I did get busy and forgot about them. But I dehydrate almost everything longer than they recommend. I want things dry enough so they don't mold later. My pepper threads will be used in soups and stews.

 I wanted to show you relative size.
I couldn't help thinking, when seeing the photo,
that even Carmen peppers go farther than our dollar these days.

Last night, we had to cover our peppers, tomatoes, and any plants we didn't want to get killed by frost. (We have a threat of frost for two nights in a row) There's a limit to how many sheets and blankets one has available to cover plants, and there should be a limit on how many plants I want to rescue. I think I've got 15 plants that are coming indoors for the winter, but we will be getting some warmer weather after tomorrow, so I'll wait til later to bring them in. In the meantime, I'm going to have to figure out where on earth I'll put them all.



Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I started giggling when I read about bringing plants in for the winter. Greg always gets a little cranky this time of year when he has to haul in all the big plants I put outside for the summer!

Candace said...

I've got to start thinking about my plants over the winter as the cool weather is heading our way. I love the idea of dehydrating your veggies like that. I think that would work great for me. Have a great day, Judy!

Unknown said...

Frost? Already? Geez, Judy, it's still over 100 degrees here!! lol Send your plants my way, I'll take care of them.. they definitely won't have to worry about frost!! :)

Heide at ApronHistory said...

I think we have the same dehydrator. Aren't they great? We love ours. Never thought of doing veggies in it though. We mostly do fruits. It was apples we got it for.
Maybe we should try zucchinni?!

Mama Hen said...

That last post is wonderful and the cupcakes look delicious! Happy birthday Henry! I love peppers also. All kinds of peppers. That is wonderful that you grow your own. They look tasty! I hope you are doing great my friend.

Mama Hen

Under Her Wings said...

Oh, I do wish I didn't get so jealous when I see the things in your wonderful garden! I think you're going to have to quit writing about them and showing those gorgeous pictures. Or I guess I could quit reading your blog. Or perhaps I could just keep confessing and pressing!

I must say, though, I don't envy you the cold weather. It was 59 here this morning and supposed to be 74 today. Tea party tomorrow! If the weather is nice we will eat outside.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Ha!!! I love you. Peppers go further than our dollar! So true!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Joyce said...

They look so good...I love peppers of all kinds.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm! Those peppers look amazing! I can just smell those soups simmering!

Tiffanee said...

Wow impressive. I have never heard of this kind of peppers. Now I gottat try them. Love the idea of drying them!!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

I haven't done any dehydrating yet, but I'm sure when I do I'll, like you, dry everything longer than recommended just to make sure all that effort isn't wasted on something that's going to go all moldy.


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