"aight peppas a paaand"

I hope I’m not alone in finding 78p for a single pepper in a supermarket highly objectionable. On the whole, I usually get a big bag of the value peppers – especially if they aren’t just green ones – and we eat things with peppers in for the whole week.

Unfortunately, my meal plans were scuppered when I couldn’t resist eight red peppers for a pound at the local market (yes, that’s the translation of the title!) So I snapped them up, and walked home wondering what to do with them. On the way I stopped into Waitrose (for a browse round the bargains – none – poo) for inspiration. I spotted a jar of peppers in oil for £3.99. Well I can do better than that, I thought.

Coming home, I found an appropriate jar and cleaned the label etc off. I topped and tailed the peppers, gouge out the middles and chopped them into thick slabs and preheated the oven to 250 C. I boiled a kettle, poured it over the jar and lid and then put the jar into the oven to dry (thus, sterlising it… I hope!). I also popped the trays of peppers in. After a good 15 minutes, when the peppers were charred and the jar dry, I carefully put the peppers into a plastic food bag and left them to cool. Leaving them like this makes it dead easy to get the skins off because the condensation does all the hard work for you – and you don’t burn your fingers!

I got the peppers out of their little plastic bags and rubbed them under a running tap to get the skins off. I then chopped them into thick slices and put some in the jar, followed by a bit of oil, then some more peppers until the jar was full. They just fit!

Well, it’s been about 5 weeks since I did that and we’re nearly through them all and we’ve not yet died so hopefully I can carry on doing it when I see the bargains! The peppers are useful for salads, cous cous, sprucing up a cheese sandwich, for putting on the tops of homemade pizzas etc etc. Be sparing, of course, because they’re quite oily but they are a scrummy treat and incredibly useful.

4 responses to “"aight peppas a paaand"

  1. Zoe June 27, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I also cannot STAND the extortionate prices of peppers and also mushrooms…when I see them cheap/reduced I slice both up and open freeze them on a tray…when frozen I transfer them to bags. These are great for chucking a handful from the freezer into pasta sauces,on pizzas etc. as they don’t require too much cooking. This way you never waste another pepper or mushroom again!!!

  2. missbliss March 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    So it’s definitely chillis I should be on the look out for now!<>alhi<>I do like soup, and it matures so well in the freezer. I’ll definitely try that out! Currently have a big stash of celeriac and parsnip soup when I found some ‘whoopsies’ in Asda.<>Gillian<>Nice to ‘meet’ you too! I must admit that I’ve neglected the blog a little recently – new job, learning to drive and much dieting/gym going has been taking up my time. I should get back to blogging more as I really love it. I need to push my partner too (who I mention as TLM) as he’s slacked off recently too. Hope to see you around MSE!

  3. Gillian Rance March 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Great idea, must try that next ime I’m at the market. The fruit and veg are so much cheaper. If you see chillis going cheap try making Nigella’s chilli jam, I made some at Christmas…just delicious. I’ve run out now so plan to make some more when I can find chiliis at the right price. Nice to “meet” you, I came over from MSE where you left a comment on the OS forum. I’ve been lost in your posts for the past hour, you write a lovely blog.Gill

  4. alhi February 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Red pepper and chilli soup is delicious! Requires a pepper per person so reckon if you had 4 you could get 2 dinners out of it.

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