For all the lovers of GREEN PEPPERS, who are so often ignored because we are so few and forced to enjoy only sweeter roasted red peppers (also great but different), here’s an easy way to enjoy the earlier, greener summer harvests for a bit longer !
I know so many people whose first reaction is to cringe at the sight of a green pepper, whether fresh or roasted. Why don’t they appreciate the greener, slighter more bitter bite of a green pepper ? If the dislike of green peppers is linked to a more difficult digestion process, then I understand. Honestly, I could digest rocks so I never even peel my roasted green peppers because I prefer them a bit firmer and more shapely than overly softened peppers.
But of course, being of a reasonable and generous nature, I also make this preparation using a mix of green, yellow and red peppers too, for others to enjoy them too.
My method is unconventional yet simple, but tested and successful so far.
The idea is to partly roast and dehydrate the pepper slices, after spraying them with vinegar and sprinkling them with salt because less water means a longer conservation period. The aim is to reduce the pepper slices’ weight to half, thus approximately 50% less water in them and thus less chance of spoilage.
I don’t like waste so I don’t dunk the pepper slices in liters of vinegar but prefer spraying them. I also use just enough oil so that all the slices are well coated and fit snuggly in the jars.
I slightly heat up the oil too (also unconventional), just before placing the peppers slices in the jars and with the oil, alongside the additional flavorings. It is unconventional but I find it a safer option and I’ve tested this method several times and the roasted pepper slices are unaltered and great even after 3 months. I’d like to wait another 3 months to see if I can hit the 6-month mark but we’ll see about that later in the year. To be safe, I still refrigerate the jars.
By the way, the pepper-infused oil is delicious and could be used too after you’ve eaten all the roasted pepper slices … :)