"Green" Lunchbox Peppers

EarthDance said they have picked all the green lunchbox peppers from the fields in order to prepare for the fall plantings, so they are swimming in them, and would love for us to move some. I asked whether it was a kiddie pool or Olympic-size pool they were swimming in. I think 400 pounds might fill a lap pool, so we will put them in the shares for the next couple of weeks. These adorable sweet green peppers are ripening off the plants, so it's a bit of a bonus for us!

They may be roasted, grilled, broiled, sauteed or eaten raw. You could even throw them in the freezer as is and just rinse and cook them come winter, although the possbility of freezer burn may increase with lots of air space.

You can eat some raw and grill or roast some up to pop in the freezer. I know I'm always excited to find summer vegetables in my freezer when I'm ready to whip up a lasagna in the winter. Now is the time to take advantage of the end of season produce, especially as we grow tired of all those summer vegetables.

Because the seeds are so few, you can just pull the stems and grill or roast them whole. Toss with a bit of olive oil and roast in a single layer in a 400F oven for 30-40 minutes. If you plan to eat them right away, sprinkle with salt. If you plan to freeze them for later use, I recommend waiting to salt them, or salting sparingly, until you know what you're making. Cool completely and pack tightly in a zip lock or other freezer container. If you're able to remove all the air, they will last longer without forming crystals, and therefore freezer burn.




Tip: How To Eat Grapes With Seeds

Unless you are just juicing them or cooking them down and straining out the seeds, eating grapes with seeds can be a challenge if you haven't perfected the art. Of course, you can add them to your granola and just pretend they are part of the cereal, like grape nuts (which they are, actually). I find it most...Read more


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