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Drowning in Poblano Peppers

September 14th, 2017

I always love growing poblano peppers, they are one of my favorites to use in chili, salsa, and other Mexican inspired dishes. I like to have a gallon or two of cut up poblanos in the freezer ready to use all winter long. This year I planted four ‘Baron’ plants, expecting a semi-decent harvest (seed was purchased from Johnny’s Seeds). Little did I know that these peppers would do better than any other pepper in the garden and I’d be drowning in them.

We’ve been harvesting them and roasting them on the grill, which is working beautifully. At least half of them will be preserved this way. After grilling, they are peeled, seeded, cut in half, then frozen.

The rest will be processed in the usually fashion, just like green peppers. I’ll seed then, slice them, and freeze them on a cookie sheet then transfer them to bags. This way I can scoop out what I need each time, not premeasuring needed.

Since we also have quite a stockpile of ground venison in the freezer from last year, it looks like venison chili will be on the menu quite often this coming winter.

What vegetables seem extra productive in your garden this year?

4 Comments to “Drowning in Poblano Peppers”
  1. Brenda on September 14, 2017 at 10:02 am

    This made me laugh. We also are drowning in peppers (and eggplant). It’s been a fantastic year for them. They are the only thing I have yet to freeze and I’m hoping there is room in our already jam-packed freezers. I tried Carmen peppers (from Johnny’s) for the first time this year–wonderful sweet red italian roasters.

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    • Susy on September 14, 2017 at 11:53 am

      I’m trying ‘Carmen’ for the first time this year too. I have two that are starting to turn red, I can’t wait for them all to turn. I always make roasted red peppers for the pantry because we love them so much!

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      • Brenda on September 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm

        The Carmens are something special–sweet and complex flavor, roast beautifully, and very productive. I am in love.

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  2. kristin @ going country on September 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Carrots. Never have I had such carrots. They really like the sandy soil here, and all the rain we’ve had. My husband and two older sons did the early planting this year, and they planted two entire packages of carrot seeds. The amount is crazy, as are the sizes of the carrots. My kids go out and pull up carrots bigger than their forearms and spend the next hour gnawing away on them like bones.

    We’ve been eating them since I started thinning them in June, and we still have two whole rows of enormous carrots out there.

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