Fermenting peppers

rockiecarol(4 to 3)October 6, 2012

I have these in the pantry happily fermenting away. In my research I have found people who ferment from 1 week to 6 years. Any suggestions on how long to wait? Have never had fermented peppers, so not sure what to expect from the taste. (they are a blend of all the peppers in my garden so expect it to be blazing hot)

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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Did you use a food processor or a blender? Add anything, like salt?

Interesting change in color. I wonder if it will stay that way.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 1:50PM
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rockiecarol(4 to 3)

Sorry, I added 3 tbsp pickling salt for 5 lbs. Thought that would fit in a half gallon jar. I was wrong, hence the color mix. I used my grinder actually. They were really juicy so didnt have to add water/brine.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 9:24PM
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romy6(9)

Man that looks great. Did you use any tpe of starter?

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 9:03AM
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rockiecarol(4 to 3)

No starter, my research said didnt have to have it. It smells sooooo good in the pantry! Will work each jar at separate times for test. I think I will start with the mix of red/green. Am really interested to see how ot tastes!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 10:01PM
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rockiecarol(4 to 3)

so, I processed the red/green jar. It was HOT!!! I added a quart of canned plums, including syrup, vinegar, and some salt. So far, have given it all away. My husb says it is liquid heat. Before my taste buds burned off, I could taste the nice fizzy taste that fermenting adds.

Any ideas on how to cut it further so it is edible by 'normal' people? My oldest son says it is good, not sure who he is and what happened to my son....

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 9:06PM
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sidhartha0209(KY_6a)

I've been lacto fermenting all sorts of things for over three years now using mostly the very simple basic method laid out in Sally Fallon's book 'Nourishing Traditions'.

As a general rule 3-5 days is all it takes for fermentation to be complete and then the food should go into the fridge or root cellar to 'finish off' or cure, i.e., to allow osmosis time to evenly balance salt, spices, and seasonings throughout the food.

Vinegar will kill the lacti bacilli that gives the probiotoc benefit of the fermented food, and if added too soon and in too great of amount it will prevent any lacto fermentation from occurring at all.

I ferment chile peppers, whole, minced, in relishes, and as a mole (from dried).

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 9:42PM
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sidhartha0209(KY_6a)

And my apologies, I meant to comment on how pretty and delicious looking those jars are in the photo, it's something to take pride in.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 9:48PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

I hate to say it, but you can cut the heat and keep it a salsa by adding a generous amount of that stuff what the label says is "Made in New Jersey".

New Jersey !?!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 3:30PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Oh, and your son has become one of the "pod people".

Two points for decoding the reference.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 3:32PM
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woohooman

Rockiecarol:

I haven't done any fermenting and like sidhartha said vinegar will probably kill the bacteria, but vinegar really does tame the heat of chiles. SO, maybe AFTER the whole process, add some.

Kevin

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 4:21PM
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rockiecarol(4 to 3)

Thanks Kevin. I did put in 2 cups of vinegar to the final product. I hate to have too much vinegar, but have to tone it down somehow.

DMForcier: pod people!! I like! And never heard of the stuff from New Jersey? What am I missing?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 7:16PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Well, "New Jersey" was where the stuff was made in the original commercials. For some reason they changed it to New York. It is the picante sauce that the cowboys reject because it is not Pace's. ("Get a rope.") I was referring to any old commercial picante sauce. I prefer Pace's Extra Hot, though in your case Mild would be better.

Hint: "Pod people" references a movie. Which one?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 9:25AM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Oh, and here's the translation for Canadians:

"New York City!?!ÃÂ ÃÂ Get a rope, eh?"

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 9:31AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

DM, that was always a favorite commercial....my friends reference it all the time still.

The Pod People are from The Body Snatchers, yes?

Josh

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 10:09AM
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sidhartha0209(KY_6a)

"The Pod People are from The Body Snatchers, yes?"

If you mean 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', then that's the one I'm thinkin' of also..... :-)

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 7:23PM
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rockiecarol(4 to 3)

DM, OK I know the commercial, just am slow... And Pace picante sauce, even hot doesnt phase me, does that give you an idea of how hot this stuff is? Folks are always surprised at how much heat I can take...

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 8:08PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Yes, 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'. I'll split the points between you.

Actually, I'm not sure that the phrase is ever used in the movie, but it has entered the lexicon to describe the metaphorical Commies from that classic story. Peppers give the meaning a whole new dimension.

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I have to admit that I'm one too.

Saturday I went out to a Mexican restaurant for nachos and took one of my nice ripe red jalapenos with me. I carved it up for eating and offered a piece to my friend, saying that it was pretty mild. All my other jalapenos this year have been nearly sweet, but this one made him - and later me - breathe fire. 3-5,000 SHU my sweet patoot! This one was in the 30-50,000 range at least! Great with the nachos, though.

I took a fatalii (200,000 SHU) just in case the heat hadn't been enough but gave it to the waitress for her pepper-head husband. Love to have seen that scene, but alas!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 9:26PM
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rdback(Z6 VA)

Hi rockiecarol,

Waaay late to this party, but I'm curious as to where you are with the rest of your ferments. They look very interesting. Still cooking?

Rick

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 11:01AM
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rockiecarol(4 to 3)

Still cooking. I forgot about them. This weekend is busy but I will be ramping up the Christmas gifts so will check it again. I want to make a sauce like Cholula, will have to do more research. Do you have suggestions?

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 11:16PM
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