When it comes to growing your own veggies, I think chillies are a no-brainer. That's because it's so easy to get a bumper crop - even from one chilli plant in a pot on your balcony or windowsill.
I'm a bit of a collector when it comes to the vegetables we grow at home. I can't just grow one variety, so every spring we plant several varieties of chillies and every Summer our chilli plants put on a show. It's almost intimidating how many chillies those little plants produce!
And then the fun begins...
We make every conceivable recipe using chillies. And we offer our gorgeous red shiny organically-homegrown-with-love chillies to friends and family. But we still end up with kilos more than we can use.
And it's so unfair because, once the winter months roll around and we want a bit of home-grown heat in our dishes they are long gone, and we have to rely on chilli flakes, and it's just not the same.
So a few Summers ago I tried freezing a couple of bags of chillies. And now I'm kicking myself that I didn't think of it before.
It's genius and you have to do this!
Freezing doesn't seem to have much impact on flavour, and you can de-seed and chop them while they are still frozen.
So this is basically my long-winded way of saying that you can totally freeze fresh chillies and you should! Whether you grow them, are given a big bag from a friend or family member who is overrun with them, or if you find a variety at the farmers market you absolutely love and can't live without. Freeze them and enjoy them all year round.