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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

WFMW: What to Do with Excess Chili Peppers

When I have to buy a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, invariably, I'm left with most of the can after measuring out the portion I need for a recipe. It's too much to simply toss, especially as those tiny cans are expensive ($3 for only 7 ounces!).

I put the leftovers in my mini food processor, chop them up, then spoon them into an ice cube tray that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Each cube holds a tablespoon, so it makes measuring for future recipes easy.

I wrap the tray in foil (important to keep the odor of the peppers from invading other foods), then stick it in the freezer. Once frozen, the pepper cubes can be popped out and stored in a freezer bag. It works for me!


ann said...

We don't eat those kind of peppers, but that is a really cool idea! Good thinking, Anne Marie.

becky s. said...

Ah, thank you. I've had this very problem but wasn't creative enough to come up with the perfect solution. I'll certainly adopt this practice!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Great idea! I do that with tomato buy the whole can and use 2 Tablespoons! I will try your idea for sure! Thanks, and thanks for visiting me today too!

Memarie Lane said...

I just processed 30 pounds of chiles myself.

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea that I can't wait to use. Thank you for sharing!