Fall comes around here and chiles follow. I've been busy, too busy for words, but I've got a few recipes to share.

(From top left: Chilhuacle Negro, Dedo de Moca, Chile Rallado, Aji Panca (orange form), Pimento, Bishop's Crown aka Chapeu de Frade)

(Much hotter than I expected: Either Tobago Seasoning or Datil Sweet. I mixed up the tags, so I'm not sure which it is.)

(I purchased this seed from a fellow Seed Savers member who identified it as an orange form of Aji Panca. I'm not sure that is what it is, but I am certain it is a Capsicum baccatum, and it is beautiful, productive, and delicious, so I'm keeping it!)

The chile peppers' names read like a fragrant, tongue tingling poem:

Aji Panca Chapeu de Frade Datil Sweet
Chile Rallado Ancho Rojo Pimento
Pimente de Barcelona Zavory
Fish Tobago Seasoning Red Ruffled
Chilhuacle Negro Roberto's Cuban

Sweet Chile-Garlic Sauce

Many props go to Linda Ziedrich, author of The Joy of Pickling in which this recipe appears, who, when I emailed her about hot-water canning this recipe, replied promptly and helpfully. She actually replied to my email. I'm a fan for life. This is a delicious dipping sauce for eggrolls, grilled meat, and many other good things. A friend emailed me recently with the following suggestion: "You know what Christina's chile-garlic dipping sauce is really good with? In-N-Out fries, that's what!" It's sweet, hot, and very, very garlicky. Yum.

You will need:

1 cup cider vinegar

1 cup water

2 cups organic sugar

2 teaspoons pickling salt

1/4 cup minced garlic

1/4 cup Southest Asian Chile-Garlic Relish (see my post here for the recipe)

To make the sauce:

Bring all ingredients but the last to a boil in a large, heavy pan. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt crystals. Boil the mixture gently for about 30 minutes, or until it begins to thicken slightly.

Stir in the relish and increase the heat to medium-high to bring it to a rolling boil. Boil the mixture for about 2 minutes, or until it reaches 230 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.

Pour it into sterilized jars, and this is what Linda Ziedrich wrote in an email to me about hot water bath canning the sauce: "You could certainly can it; it's really like a soft pepper jelly. A five-minute bath in sterilized jars, or 10 minutes in unsterilized jars, should do it. In fact, this sauce should keep for a long time at room temperature even without the hot-water bath."

Makes about 1 1/2 delicious, sticky, garlicky cups.

Sweet Heat Jelly

The Ball Blue Book (not the Blue Balls Book, get your mind out of the gutter, c'mon!) provides a recipe for jalapeno jelly that suggests pureeing the jalapenos and adding green food coloring, but I like little gems of chile suspended in the naturally-colored amber jelly, AND, I prefer the medium heat and complex flavor of the orange Aji Pancas, spiced up just a bit with a very hot Chile Rallado. The proportions of the recipe below are the nearly identical to the Ball Blue Book (minus the food coloring), but the recipe differs in the process. This jelly is fantastic with cream cheese and crackers or toast. A friend recommends it on cornbread.

You will need:

3/4 pound finely minced ripe, medium-hot peppers (I leave a few of the seeds in for flavor and interest, but remove most)

2 cups cider vinegar

6 cups organic sugar

2 three ounce packages of liquid pectin

To make the jelly:

Combine the peppers, vinegar, and sugar, and stir over medium heat until the sugar crystals dissolve. Bring the mixture to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Do not let the sugar brown.

Stir in both packages of liquid pectin, then return to boil, and keep at a hard rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring all the while.

Remove from heat and carefully ladle into sterilized jars. Process for 10 minutes in a hot-water bath.

This recipe makes 2 1/2 pints of spicy, tangy, sweet sunshine-y jelly.


Lucy said…
Yum, YUM!

Fantastic that Linda responded. Wonderful recipe ideas - and I've bookmarked the book for buying.

Darls, I hope things calm down for you - and that you have lots of autumnal fun in that there garden of yours.
Christina said…
Hi Lucy! How are you? I can't wait to read more and more about your new place. My busy-ness is largely my own fault--I must start stopping. Stopping could be good.
MuseBootsi said…
Just had some shrimp with your spicy chile-garlic sauce! So delicious! I'm looking forward to the November market!
say what? said…
Have you had time to plant next summer's garlic crop, or do you have another month yet?

We have 16 varieties in the ground. All but two types have green above the ground. I'm hoping they've rooted well enough not to heaved from the bed if we get a typical "cold/warm/cold/hot/cold/warm" winter!
Christina said…
MuseBootsi: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I'm making a couple more batches for the upcoming market. I look forward to seeing you there.

Say What?: Hello! How are you? I put my garlic in on the 10th or so of October, and most of the varieties have a couple inches of growth. I'm growing 17 varieties this year--it's like we're living parallel garlic worlds! I hope your winter treats you well.
Lucy said…
I hears ya on the stopping thing.

It occurred to me the other night that I need to stop, too, lest I stop noticing things that matter!

Writing the beginnings of something about the place...feels hard for some reason. Anyhoo, I met the man who used to do our garden (and who lives in a goldrush era church...jealous? me??) who told me it's peony country. How exciting is that?

Will email you when my brain simmers down. Stop, gorgeous. You deserve it!!
Sarah said…
Hi! Could you post the directions for canning the sauce? I made some today and would so love to be able to can it for family and friends. It's delicious! Thanks, Sarah
Sarah said…
Oh! I just saw the directions in your post. I was so excited about the possibility of canning it that I didn't read as carefully as I should have!

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