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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Red and Green Peppers

Peppers, we have got peppers!
I can not take credit for all 47 peppers I am going to show you in the following photos. Marv is the gardener and green thumb of these beauties.


Marv heads to Maine every September. He asked if I would finish taking care of his produce and that I could keep whatever was still in the garden.
He had four pepper plants. Off the four pepper plants, I picked 47 peppers.



I froze some of the peppers and dehydrated the rest.


I love the mix of green and red.


Setting up the dehydrator.


The finished product. 
I will use the dried peppers to add to our  pizza.
I will use my frozen peppers for soups, stir fry and casseroles.

What do you like to use  peppers for?

I am so blessed to have Marv as my garden mentor. Guess what? He taught me his trick to growing pepper plants this summer. I am hoping I will have a green thumb just like him next summer.

 



22 comments:

  1. Beautiful peppers. What a great idea to dry them.

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  2. Great pepper harvest! Never thought about drying them, since they freeze so well. Don't you want yo share Marv's pepper growing secret? Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  3. The peppers are awesome. My husband once grew peppers and had a "bumper" crop that he shared with co-workers. We love them on pizza too. How grand to have a dehydrator.

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  4. You really did get a good crop of peppers! My hubby likes to eat raw strips with his sandwich at lunch and we use LOTS of them on our pizzas. Sometimes I sautee peppers and onions to serve on steak or hamburgers. Homegrown are always so much better too! Hugs!

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  5. Yummy! I have never had a dehydrated pepper - I usually freeze them but I should try this and holy smokes, that is quite a crop! Especially in Maine, where it is chilly - job well done Marv! :)

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  6. Pretty! I'm not a fan of peppers but I do cut up red ones for my spaghetti sauce. They add that special something.

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  7. Marv is clearly a genius. Every year I plant about a half dozen pepper plants and every year I collect approximately 1 or 2 peppers in total. What's his secret?

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    1. Hello,
      Marv's secret is to add Epsom salt and fertilizer to the hole dug for the pepper plant when just starting out. He then fertilizes weekly.
      And I think he talks to the plants too. ;-) Which I do too.

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  8. That's a nice harvest. I love green and red peppers and I usually start my own plants from seeds. I use them in salad, stir fry, casseroles, pizza, soup and the list goes on. I wash them and dry them with a clean tea towel. Remove the seeds and chop them and freeze them in ziplock freezer bags. I don't thaw them before use. I jut tap the serving size bag on the table to separate them and use them in many ways. I use only fresh peppers for salad.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. I am so happy for you on your pepper harvest! I love having peppers on hand all season. In the past I have dried them to add to soups. And frozen them to add to chili, hashbrowns, or just sauted to add to a Mexican dish! Enjoy them!

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  10. Hi. I am also from Wisconsin. Came here by Meridith. I wish I knew the secret of growing peppers!!! I freeze pepper, onions and tomatoes. Sure is great to have them for recipes.Handy.

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  11. Wow!!! We love eating peppers too - very expensive from the grocery store.
    Love peppers also on our pizza, in fahetas with onions and chicken, and STUFFED peppers with stove top stuffing, garlic, shrimp and mushrooms!!

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  12. What a fantastic pepper harvest, and how lovely that you can dry them as well. They'll be wonderful to enjoy in the winter.

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  13. Hi, I also am in Wisconsin. I would love any "secrets" about growing peppers. We had a huge bumper crop of tomatoes this year, but on my 3 pepper plants we got ONE pepper................ not sure what the problem was!!

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    1. Hi Chris,
      Yay! You are from Wisconsin too. How fun.
      Marv adds Epsom Salt and fertilizer when he places his peppers into the ground, into the hole dug for the pepper to be placed into.
      He also fertilizes weekly, with Miracle Grow.

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    2. Hi, Carla, I do use Miracle Grow, also. But I will try the Epsom Salt next Spring. I am adding that info to my 2014 Garden Journal!!
      We had some cool nights the first month or so this Spring, so I blamed it a bit on that, as I have always heard peppers need warmer nights to grow and to bloom.
      Our tomatoes were tremendous this year, and I was sad about the peppers. Always good to have some new info, ESPECIALLY from a nice man who has gardened for a long time and knows Wisconsin weather!! Those tips are golden ~ and so nice of him to pass them on to you.
      Thanks so much for sharing the information!! chris (I talk to all of my plants, too.)

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  14. Wow- that is a lot of peppers. I am giving up on growing peppers. I can grow jalapeno but I never have luck with sweet peppers.

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  15. That is a lot of peppers. When I had my garden I would freeze some whole for stuffed peppers too. Janice

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  16. What a blessing! Those dehydrated peppers are gorgeous in that jar! I've always had wonderful success with peppers until this year. BAD pepper year here. So glad that someone had a bumper crop. We use peppers all the time, almost every day. Still have some in my freezer from last year and some dehydrated ones as well. We use them in soups, stews, to munch fresh, on pizza, in casseroles, in salsa, oven roasted, etc. etc. They're a staple food around here. Enjoy your great crop!

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  17. That's a lot of peppers! Yum!! I never thought of dehydrating them!

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  18. We call them capsicum. I haven't thought of drying them either. Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

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  19. Love all the vibrant colors. Not a Goodyear for our peppers. Only got four peppers off of four plants. Your results were much more impressive.

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High Fives from Wisconsin!

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