Harvesting and Storing Home Grown Peppers: How to Pick Your Peppers and Keep Them Fresh

You’ve grown a garden full of all kinds of peppers and now you need to know how to keep them safe from insects and diseases and how to harvest and store your peppers.

Peppers usually don’t attract bugs but several insects can attack your pepper crop. Aphids are small green or brown insects about 1/8 inch long and can be found on the undersides of leaves. The Leaf Miner is a small yellowish worm that causes tunnels on leaves. The Flea Beetle is smaller than an aphid and has a metallic bronze body and eats holes in the leaves. Tomato Horn Worms are large green caterpillars and eat leaves and stems. You will know you have one if you see entire sections of the plant being eaten to the stem. They are easy to find and eliminate. White flies might also attack the leaves and suck them dry.

Peppers can be infected with fungus that causes ugly brown spots and black lesions on the fruit. Mildew, bacterial spot and tobacco mosaic are some others but most of today’s varieties are resistant to those diseases. If you smoke, wash hands before handling fruit and pepper plants to avoid passing on mosaic disease.

Check with your local nursery to find insecticides or fungicides to protect your plants or they can give you ideas on how to rid your garden of them organically.

Most peppers are ready to harvest 60 to 90 days after planting. Bell peppers can be harvested when they get shiny and dark green. If you leave them on the plant they will turn into red peppers. Just be sure to pick them before they get mushy. Other sweet peppers should be picked when they become the right size and shape and when they become firm. Hot peppers should be picked when they turn red or yellow, depending on the variety. Jalapenos are ready when they are a deep dark green.

Cut them gently from the stems. Be careful when handling hot peppers and always wear gloves when touching them. Getting their juices on your skin or in your eyes and nose can be very painful and you can’t get rid of the pain quickly. Always wear rubber gloves. If some of the juices and oils get on your skin wipe with rubbing alcohol and then rub Hemorrhoid medication on it. You can also rinse your hands in whole milk to ease the heat of pain.

Store peppers in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator and use within 5 days of harvesting. There are several other ways to preserve your peppers. To freeze sweet peppers wash and core them then dice. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about an hour. Loosen pieces from cookie sheet and put in freezer bags. You can remove as many pepper pieces as you need and place the rest back in the freezer. To preserve hot peppers air dry them (this works well with chili peppers and Hungarian paprika peppers). String them up by passing a large needle through the stems with heavy string and hang them from a rafter in a dark area. Once they dry they can be ground into fine particles to be used in recipes. Hot peppers can be pickled.

A good way to preserve hot peppers is to pickle and can them. Here is a good way to have your garden grown jalapeno peppers all the way past winter. Wear gloves when preparing this recipe.

Pickled Jalapenos

●        2 lbs Jalapenos

●        1 cup white vinegar

●        ¾ cup water

●        1 teaspoon salt

●        1 teaspoon pickling spices

●        1 carrot, sliced

●        2 celery sticks

●        1 clove of garlic

  1. Place washed peppers into a 1 quart hot sterilized jar.
  2. Add carrot, celery and garlic leaving a 2 inch     headspace. In a glass bowl or 4 cup measuring cup combine vinegar, water,     and salt.
  3. Pour into jar and run a plastic knife down the side of     the jar to remove air bubbles. Don’t use a metal spoon as it could react     with the vinegar.
  4. Place lid on and process in a boiling water bath 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from boiling water and allow to cool. If you hear a loud pop you know the seals have sealed and your peppers are     preserved.

How to Chose Plateware That Customers Have Never Experienced Before

Eating is a pleasant experience. Who doesn’t love eating? Foods going through the mouth, and ending up in the stomach, with taste buds working at the fullest…. That’s how the pleasant the experience can be. But, to have this, just a good quality of foods isn’t enough. Think about serving a food plate which looks dull and boring and has horrible presentation. Even if it indeed was tasty, still it won’t that much better in our mind. Because we have a mental image of what it is, and sadly that image isn’t a good one. Similarly, if the presentation was more worthy, then it creates a pleasant experience even before we eat anything and hence of quality foods do follow, you end up having a food experience that you have never felt before.

Presentation is a key component while serving and it takes another leap of it is for a restaurant. Be a people also put emphasis on presentations, you need to be at your best and try to present them in a manner that they simply can’t resist.

Along with other elements, dinnerware is one of the key ingredients of presentation. Though, dishes aren’t directly related to the taste buds, but just having a good presentation you can change it to a different level. The trendy look or retro look or whatever look you want to give, ultimately it contributes to the overall experience and can swing the judgments of the customer in either way.
But it does come with a price. You wouldn’t want to spend much on a dinnerware especially if you are a start up and have a small customer base. Yet you do know how much significance it can carry, for significant enough to not ignore. Here’s where you need to tighten and loosen your budget at the same time. You can’t spend on costly expansive dinnerware but, you also cannot afford to bring a dull dinnerware onto the table and expect the customers to have a blast even with good foods on them. It is a hard decision to make. But there are also no clear and cut answers. Depending upon the budget, you have to choose one from various alternatives. If you really do want to provide a unique experience for your customers, you could consider these welsh slate dinnerware for your restaurant.

Just like you’ll buy specific furniture for your restaurant so that it matches the environment, similar attention needs to be put in place while choosing for a dinnerware also as it adds up to the environment same as others too. Just imagine your logo on the dinner plate. Everyone a customer takes a bite, he or she will somewhat notice the logo with every bite. Maybe not in one day but when they will become regular, this logo will stay in their mind. Thus not only adding values on aesthetic sense but a dinner plate can carry commercial value also by making the brand awareness. And this brand awareness goes a long way.

Durability will be another concern in this case. You would want to buy dinnerware or plateware which can withstand the test of time. While serving the foods, durability will also come into play. Some foods are served hot. If the dinnerware can’t handle the temperature, then that dinnerware adds nothing to the purpose. Hence while buying a dinnerware for the restaurant, you have to consider durability factor too. So that it lasts for longer and one doesn’t need to replace them not to often. And also, the foods that are contained in it shouldn’t put any damage to it. Or it should be able to handle the temperature or weight of the foods.

Post Pregnancy Tips

Heading Back to Work Post Pregnancy

There is limited literature available on ways mothers can make it easier for them to get back to work post maternity leave. Juggling work and motherhood can be trying and tricky ,to say the least. Add to this limited well informed sound advice, and you have a taxing situation on your hands.

The dearth of dialogue on the topic from mothers struggling with such problems can be attributed to the lack of time to indulge in such dialogue. While juggling with job and baby, mothers aren’t left with the energy or time to discuss the transition they are facing.

When new parents go back to work, they need to decide upon a split between their time for both the important jobs at hand. Some may go for a 50-50 split between work and parenthood, while some may want to devote 80% of their time to looking after their kid and only 20% to work. New parents can only know what they want when they are faced with such a situation. The work arrangements will then have to be adjusted accordingly.

A supportive peer group, and good planning during the maternity leave will go a long way. You need to find the right nanny, figure out breast milk pumping hacks, and tackle separation anxiety. The peer group can help steer you in the right direction, and the maternity leave can be well spent figuring out these logistics.

Fathers can also use their paternity leave to contribute the family unit in this time of transition. Not only will this help them engage better as a father, but also as a partner. They can seek out supportive communities for good advice. Being vocal about their experiences may entail going against the grain. This will help them create a strong emotional connection with the mother and the child in this important phase of their lives.

Have a schedule. Factor in a mindful split of responsibilities between you and your partner and organise your day in a balanced manner. This will prevent an unhealthy imbalance of strain and keep you going. Including yoga and meditation can keep your mind rejuvenated through the sleepless nights and exhausting days. Work out your time at the office such that you don’t need to take work back home. Disengagement from the job is crucial to ensuring 100% focus on the kids at home.

Be honest about your emotions. Compartmentalise your feelings but don’t bottle them in. It is a difficult time, and with all the hormones going crazy in your system, you’re bound to experience extreme emotions. Do not ignore them. Nurse your hurt and seek counsel for confusing sentiments.

Motherhood is a profound experience. Not only have you created a life, but are responsible for nurturing that little human being. This in addition to your life that you need to keep on track while doing the most difficult and important task of all, raising a child. Finding the right balance can be tricky, but given the right tools, success can be yours.