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    Default freezing chillies

    Last year I chopped some of my chillies and froze them in ice cubes which was fine and very useful.
    I don't know if any of you watched economy gastronomy last week, but on the show they suggested freezing chillies whole by chucking them in a tupperware in the freezer, sounds too good to be true!! Has anyone tried this?
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    Yep - works great and I am still eating them from last year's harvest.

    They are very slightly softer after freezing, but otherwise seem to have retained flavour and heat. They defrost quickly with a quick rinse under the cold tap a couple of minutes before use for the small ones, not much longer for the big uns!

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    wow weeee thats great to no, i allways grow far to many chillis as i just think they are such lovely plants so this is great to able to just put them in the freezer for winter chilli!!!

    thanks for that, xx

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    Usually make mine into sauces, add to chutneys, and dry some, but freezing is an option I hadn't thought of. If there's room in the freezer I will definitely try it. Bumper crop on my Cayenne this year.

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    I freeze mine whole too - makes them dead easy to whizz in the processor when I ned them for sauces, chutneys etc
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    I also freeze mine whole, they last a year in the deep freeze without any problems. Just cut off the stalk part and add to the curries.

    Only takes them 4 mins to defrost.

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    Yep, freeze some whole and some ready chopped every year. The whole ones freeze really well but sometimes it's handy to just be able to lob the chopped ones in when you're in a rush.

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    I freeze mine whole and tip into a freezer bag.
    To use - I use them from frozen. Just take out what I want, leave for a few minutes, cut and scoop out the seeds and chop to the size I want.
    Instant chillies and peppers.

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